Feb. 28, 2011
WEST LAFAYYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head football coach Danny Hope announced the addition of Phil Elmassian to the coaching staff. Elmassian, who was the defensive backs coach at Purdue in 2003, rejoins the Boilermakers from Illinois State. He will work with the linebackers in West Lafayette.
"We are excited to have Phil rejoin Boilermaker Nation," Hope said. "Our goal was to find the best defensive coach, and he fits that bill. He has a true passion for football, and his energy and enthusiasm for the game will be contagious to our team. He demands the best from his players and will be an immediate difference-maker towards winning.
"Having worked with (defensive coordinator) Gary Emanuel and (defensive backs coach) Lou Anarumo in the past, he is familiar with our staff and our defensive game plan. That familiarity will provide a smooth transition and immediate continuity for our team."
Elmassian (pronounced el-MAY-shun) spent the two previous seasons as the defensive coordinator at Illinois State, and has served in the same capacity at West Virginia, LSU, Boston College and Virginia Tech, as well as the linebackers coach Marshall and defensive backs coach at Nebraska, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Minnesota and East Carolina. He has mentored 22 all-conference players, including two All-Americans, and has coached in 17 bowls in his career.
With Elmassian on staff, the 2003 Boilermakers finished third in the Big Ten in scoring, rushing and total defense and fourth in the league in pass defense. Purdue ranked second in the Big Ten, and 19th in the nation, in pass efficiency defense in 2003, and also ranked 13th nationally in total defense.
During Elmassian's stint at Wisconsin, the Badgers led the nation in scoring defense in 1998 (11.9 points per game) and ranked fifth in 1999 (12.8). They were No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring defense, total defense (298.1 - 15th nationally) and passing defense (97.9 - fifth nationally) in 1999. Wisconsin became the first Big Ten school to win back-to-back Rose Bowls in 1998 and 1999, defeating the high-powered offenses of UCLA and Stanford. All four of the Badgers' defensive backs earned first team, second team or honorable mention all-conference honors in 1999. Cornerback Jamar Fletcher led the nation in interceptions in 1998 with seven and went on to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, earn consensus All-America honors and win the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's outstanding defensive back in 2000.
Elmassian (born April 28, 1951) is a 1974 graduate of William and Mary, where he played defensive back under Lou Holtz. He and his wife, Mary, have three children, Claire, Dylan and Olivia.
Hope also announced the addition of quality control graduate assistant Josh Dye. Dye, who spent the past season as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Ball State, will work with the offense, focusing on opponent evaluation and scouting.
Purdue opens its spring practice schedule on Wednesday.