Co-Off. Coordinator/Centers and Guards
Bill Legg is in his fifth season at Purdue. He was hired March 1, 2003. Legg is in his second season as co-offensive coordinator. He coached the entire offensive line from 2003 to 2005 and now is in his second season concentrating solely on the centers and guards.
In his first season as co-offensive coordinator, the Boilermakers led the Big Ten in passing offense (291.6 yards per game) and total offense (415.7), ranking sixth and 13th nationally.
Four of Legg's pupils have gone on to the National Football League: center Nick Hardwick (third round of 2004 by the San Diego Chargers), tackle Kelly Butler (sixth round of 2004 to the Detroit Lions), guard Uche Nwaneri (fifth round of 2007 to Jacksonville Jaguars) and tackle Mike Otto (seventh round of 2007 to Tennessee Titans).
Legg came to the Boilermakers from Marshall, where he served as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. The Thundering Herd ranked third in the nation in total offense both years, averaging 505 and 495 yards per game, while compiling a 21-4 record and winning two bowl games. In 2001, Legg coached Gregg Kellett, who earned first team All-Mid-American Conference honors and signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Legg worked on the same staff as Purdue co-offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher and defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo.
From 1995 to 2000, Legg worked at his alma mater, West Virginia, as interior offensive line coach. He also was offensive coordinator his final season. The Mountaineers were 39-31 and played in four bowl games in his six years on the staff.
Legg's other experience includes one season as offensive line coach at Virginia Military Institute (1994), five seasons as offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois (1989-93) and one season as offensive coordinator at West Virginia Tech (1988). He was a graduate assistant at West Virginia in 1986 and 1987, working with the tight ends and special teams. Legg and Purdue defensive coordinator Brock Spack were on the same staff at Eastern Illinois in 1989 and 1990.
A four-year starting center for West Virginia from 1981 to 1984, Legg was head coach Don Nehlen's first recruit with the Mountaineers. He played in four bowl games and, as a senior, received the Ira E. Rodgers Award for being the player who has "shown high leadership and academic qualities as well as football performance." Legg was drafted by the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League and subsequently had a brief stint with the Washington Redskins in 1985.
Legg (born April 9, 1962) is a native of Poca, W.Va. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1985 and a master's in education in 1987, both from West Virginia. He and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter, Sarah.