Dec. 1, 2008
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head football coach-to-be Danny Hope today announced the addition of two assistants and the promotion of a third to his staff.
Gary Nord has been hired as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and Shawn Clark has been hired as offensive line coach, while J.B. Gibboney will be elevated from a graduate assistant position to special teams coordinator.
In conjunction with those moves, Hope announced that Ed Zaunbrecher and John McDonell would not be retained from retiring head coach Joe Tiller's staff and that Mark Hagen would no longer serve as special teams coordinator.
Tiller will retire Dec. 31, at which time Hope assumes the role of head coach.
Gary Nord ~ Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Nord, who has more than 25 years of collegiate coaching experience, comes to Purdue from Florida Atlantic, where he has coached the quarterbacks since 2004 and served as offensive coordinator since 2005 under Howard Schnellenberger. In 2007, quarterback Rusty Smith set the Sun Belt Conference record with 3,688 passing yards and the Florida Atlantic record with 32 touchdown passes en route to being named conference Player of the Year. The Owls defeated Memphis in the 2007 New Orleans Bowl - their first-ever bowl appearance - behind Smith's five touchdowns.
"Gary has one of the top offensive minds in the nation," Hope said. "He also is an outstanding recruiter. We are fortunate to get someone with his background and experience. He's a real catch for us."
From 2000 to 2003, Nord was head coach at Texas-El Paso, compiling a 14-34 record, after serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1997 to 1999. The 2000 Miners went 8-4 - their highest win total in 12 years - shared the Western Athletic Conference championship and played in the Humanitarian Bowl. Nord was named WAC Coach of the Year, was one of four runners-up for national Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly and was one of 10 semifinalists for Football News' national Coach of the Year Award.
With Nord as offensive coordinator, UTEP improved from 97th nationally in total offense in 1997 to 51st in 1998 and 43rd in 1999.
Nord coached the wide receivers at Pittsburgh in 1996 under Johnny Majors and was offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 1995 under Schnellenberger.
From 1981 to 1994, Nord coached at Louisville under Schnellenberger, with stints as tight ends coach (1981-84), running backs coach (1985-86), wide receivers coach (1987-88) and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (1989-94). The 1990 Cardinals posted a 10-1-1 record and won the Fiesta Bowl 34-7 over Alabama.
Nord and Hope worked together from 1985 to 1995.
"I am extremely excited to be joining the coaching staff at Purdue," Nord said. "It's a great place and a great opportunity. I have worked with coach Hope for a number of years in the past, and I know how he operates and wants things done. I have been able to coach in a number of different conferences during my career, but this is my first time in the Big Ten. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity."
Nord has coached 15 players who have gone on to the National Football League; among them, Mark Clayton, Ernest Givens and Browning Nagle.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Nord (born June 12, 1957) played tight end for the hometown Cardinals and earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1979. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children: Colleen, Nicole and Nate. Nate is a freshman tight end at Louisville.
Shawn Clark ~ Offensive Line
Clark joins the Boilermakers from Eastern Kentucky, where he coached the offensive line from 2003 to 2008. He worked under Hope for the first five of those six seasons.
"I have known Shawn virtually his entire career, and he coaches the o-line the way I want it to be coached," Hope said. "He's a bright young coach with a tremendous work ethic, and he's a former lineman himself, so the players know they are learning from someone who has been there, done that."
In Clark's tenure at Eastern Kentucky, nine offensive linemen earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, including three in 2007. The 2008 Colonels posted an 8-4 record, won their second straight and 20th overall conference championship and made their 19th appearance in the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs, tied for the most in the nation.
Clark was a graduate assistant at Louisville in 2001 and 2002, the second year working alongside Hope.
"I am excited for the opportunity to work with coach Hope again," Clark said. "I'm looking forward to getting up to West Lafayette and starting work on winning some championships at Purdue."
A four-year starting offensive lineman at Appalachian State, Clark earned All-Southern Conference honors three times and was an All-American in 1996 and 1998. He was sidelined the entire 1997 season with a back injury.
A native of Charleston, W.Va., Clark (born Aug. 16, 1975) earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State in 1998 and a master's in education from Louisville in 2003. He is married to the former Jonelle Csora, an all-conference softball player at Eastern Kentucky.
J.B. Gibboney ~ Special Teams Coordinator
Gibboney just completed his first season as a graduate assistant at Purdue. He primarily worked with the kickers, punters and long snappers and coordinated the scout team defense.
"I believe special teams is extremely important, and J.B. can give us a real advantage both in recruiting kickers and punters and coaching them," Hope said. "As competitive as the Big Ten is, and with so many games being closely decided, special teams can make a real difference."
Gibboney came to the Boilermakers from Florida A&M, where he was hired in February of 2008 as special teams coach.
Gibboney served on Hope's staff at Eastern Kentucky in 2006 and 2007, first as a graduate assistant and subsequently handling operations and assisting with special teams.
"This is an unbelievable opportunity for me, and I am honored to be a part of the great Purdue tradition," Gibboney said. "I look forward to doing a lot of special things here in the future."
Since 2001, Gibboney has worked for the Ray Guy Kicking Academy - the premier kicking academy in the nation - teaching the art of kicking and punting.
Gibboney earned two letters as a kicker at Pittsburgh after joining the Panthers as a walkon in 2000.
A native of Huntingdon, Pa., Gibboney (born Feb. 6, 1982) earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Pittsburgh in 2004 and a master's in sports administration from Eastern Kentucky in 2007.