Feb. 15, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue head football coach Joe Tiller today announced that offensive line coach Bill Legg will assume the role of offensive coordinator. Legg replaces Jim Chaney, who was hired as assistant offensive line coach of the St. Louis Rams on Monday, and will continue to coach the line.
Legg has been with the Boilermakers for three years. He has been instrumental in the growth of youngsters Jordan Grimes, Sean Sester, Robbie Powell and Garret Miller and the continued development of Mike Otto. Last season, Grimes was named second team All-Big Ten, while Otto, Sester and graduated center Matt Turner received honorable mention recognition. The line allowed a Tiller era-low nine sacks out of 428 passing attempts, an average of one every 47.6 attempts.
Two of Legg's pupils have gone on to the National Football League - center Nick Hardwick with the San Diego Chargers and tackle Kelly Butler with the Detroit Lions.
"I am excited about this opportunity and appreciative of the confidence that Coach Tiller is showing me by giving me the opportunity," Legg said. "I look forward to continuing the success that Purdue has experienced on the offensive side of the ball the last nine years."
Since Tiller became head coach in 1997, the Boilermakers have ranked in the top 20 nationally in total offense on six occasions. They have been in the top 10 four times.
"Bill is an accomplished coach who has been a coordinator in the past and understands the responsibilities that go along with that position," Tiller said. "He has experience and is very capable. We have every confidence that he will have a positive impact in his expanded role."
Legg previously served as offensive coordinator at West Virginia in 2000 and at West Virginia Tech in 1988.
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 defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo.
From 1995 to 2000, Legg worked at his alma mater, West Virginia, as interior offensive line coach. 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) and five seasons as offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois (1989-93). 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.