Hope arrives at Purdue: To succeed Tiller in '09

By: Purdue Press Release
By: Purdue Press Release

Purdue athletics director Morgan J. Burke today announced the hiring of Danny Hope as associate head football coach. Hope will assume the position of head coach upon the retirement of Joe Tiller following the 2008 season.

The 49-year-old Hope will be signed to a six-year contract, with the final five as head coach. His appointment as head coach is subject to Board of Trustees ratification.

An assistant under Tiller at Purdue from 1997 to 2001, Hope returns to the Boilermakers from Eastern Kentucky University, where he has served as head coach since 2003. His five-year record was 35-22 (.614 winning percentage), including 32-8 (.800 winning percentage) in Ohio Valley Conference games.

"It's great to be a Boilermaker again," Hope said. "I am honored and humbled to be back at a special place like Purdue University. I'm looking forward to being on Coach Tiller's staff again. The years I spent at Purdue were some of the greatest of my coaching life. I can't wait to get started."

During the 2007 season, Eastern Kentucky finished 9-3 and won the OVC championship with an 8-0 mark. The Colonels advanced to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) playoffs and were ranked 13th in the final poll. The nine wins were the most by an Eastern Kentucky team since 1995 and the conference championship was the first since 1997.

Tiller will enter his 12th season as head coach at Purdue with a record of 83-54, a .606 winning percentage. He is one victory shy of equaling Jack Mollenkopf for the most in school history.

Under Tiller, the Boilermakers have won 51 Big Ten Conference games, the fourth-most over the last 11 years. Tiller's teams have qualified for 10 of the 15 bowl games in school annals.

In the 15 years prior to Tiller's arrival, Purdue was 54-107-5 and played in one bowl game. Tiller's 17-year career head coaching record, including six seasons at Wyoming from 1991 to 1996, stands at 122-84-1, a .592 winning percentage.

"This is a great day for Purdue football," Tiller said. "We are excited about the 2008 season and beyond. Danny is the perfect choice to take over this program. He is charismatic, hardworking and has a passion for the sport of college football. He also has head-coaching experience; he understands the difference between making suggestions and making decisions. I feel very good that he will be my successor."

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