Bob DeBesse
Bob DeBesse

Position:
Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator



Bob DeBesse is in his third season as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He was named to the position March 13, 2003.


DeBesse has coached two record-setting receivers at Purdue. In 2004, Taylor Stubblefield became the NCAA career receptions leader with 316. The year before, John Standeford set Big Ten records for career receptions (since broken by Stubblefield) and receiving yards with 3,788.

Standeford signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2004 and currently is a member of the Indianapolis Colts, while Stubblefield signed as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2005.

DeBesse came to the Boilermakers from Southwest Texas, his alma mater, where he served as head coach from 1997 to 2002. The Bobcats were 7-4 during the 2000 season -- their best record since 1991 -- including a school-best 5-2 mark in the Southland Football League and a No. 24 national ranking in the NCAA Division I-AA final poll.

Previously, DeBesse was offensive coordinator at Minnesota from 1992 to 1996. The Golden Gophers led the Big Ten in passing offense in 1992 (all games), 1993 (all games and conference-only games), 1994 (conference games), 1995 (conference games) and 1996 (all games). In addition, DeBesse's multi-dimensional offense produced numerous rushing, passing and receiving school records.

From 1983 to 1991, DeBesse was an assistant coach at Texas Christian. He was offensive coordinator the last two seasons, earning Southwest Conference Offensive Coordinator of the Year honors in 1990.

DeBesse was a three-year letterwinner at Southwest Texas from 1978 to 1980 and was special teams captain his senior year. He was named to the 1980 Texas All-Academic team. His final two seasons came under head coach Jim Wacker, beginning a partnership that lasted nearly two decades from Southwest Texas to TCU to Minnesota. DeBesse then spent two years as a student assistant with the Bobcats and was a part of their back-to-back Division II national championship teams in 1981 and 1982.

A native of Boston, DeBesse (born Sept. 30, 1959) grew up in Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from Southwest Texas in 1982. He and his wife, Janet, a former Southwest Texas gymnast and cheerleader, have three children: Brittney, Kaila and Cameron.