Ed Zaunbrecher is in his third season as quarterbacks coach and his first as offensive coordinator after serving as co-coordinator in 2006 and 2007. He was hired March 31, 2006, after previously coaching at Purdue from 1977 to 1979.
In his first season back with the Boilermakers, Zaunbrecher helped Curtis Painter break Drew Brees' Big Ten season passing yards record with 3,985 and lead the conference in total offense (292.3 yards per game). Purdue led the Big Ten in passing offense (291.6 yards per game) and total offense (415.7), ranking sixth and 13th nationally.
Zaunbrecher returned from Illinois, where he served as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2005. He accompanied head coach Ron Zook from Florida, where he was offensive coordinator in 2002 and 2003 and quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2004.
From 1999 to 2001, Zaunbrecher was quarterbacks coach at Marshall. He also filled the role of offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. Purdue defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo was on the same Thundering Herd staff in 2001. Marshall ranked third nationally both in passing offense and total offense in 2001, averaging 350.1 and 505 yards per game.
Zaunbrecher was head coach at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana Monroe) from 1994 to 1998, compiling a 20-36 record. The Indians moved to NCAA Division I-A status in 1994 and went on to win five games each of his last three seasons.
Zaunbrecher's other experience includes stops at Michigan State (1991-93 - linebackers and kickers); LSU (1984-90 - offensive coordinator and quarterbacks); Wake Forest (1980-83 - offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers); and Arizona (1973-74 - graduate assistant, 1975-76 - offensive line).
During Zaunbrecher's first tenure at Purdue, he coached the running backs (1977-78) and receivers (1979) under head coach Jim Young. One of his pupils, Dave Young, concluded his career as the Big Ten all-time receptions leader. The Boilermakers won the 1978 Peach Bowl and the 1979 Bluebonnet Bowl.
Over the course of his career, Zaunbrecher has mentored 42 National Football League draft picks, including six first-round selections. Ten of his quarterbacks, including Painter, have set school passing records. His list of signal-callers includes three currently playing in the NFL: Rex Grossman of the Chicago Bears, Byron Leftwich of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chad Pennington of the Miami Dolphins.
A native of Rayne, La., Zaunbrecher (born March 1, 1950) earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State in 1972 and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Arizona in 1974. At Middle Tennessee State, Zaunbrecher was a three-year starter at center, earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award and received the 1972 NCAA Postgraduate Award Scholarship. He has three children: Ann Lindsay, Emily and Zack.