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Toledo hires Purdue assistant Jon Heacock for defensive coordinator job

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Purdue defensive backs coach Jon Heaccock is leaving the Boilermakers behind to join the Toledo coaching staff. Heacock will be the new defensive coordinator for the Rockets.

Purdue announced the coaching staff change Saturday morning. Head coach Darrell Hazell‘s search for a new defensive coordinator will begin immediately. Heacock previously coached in the MAC as an assistant for Hazell at Kent State. At Kent State Heacock served the role of defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach.

“I would like to thank Jon for his hard work over the last year in helping to restore the Purdue program,” Hazell said. “I’ve known coach Heacock for a long time and I wish him well in his new job.”

Purdue had a couple of defensive graduate assistants on the staff last season, so promoting from within may be a possibility. Logan Link would make the most sense, having worked with the secondary last season. Link was a two-year starting safety at Purdue and graduated in 2012.

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3 Responses to “Toledo hires Purdue assistant Jon Heacock for defensive coordinator job”
  1. xli2006 says: Jan 25, 2014 1:05 PM

    “Helping restore the Purdue program”???

    What? They were 1-11 and arguably one of the worst teams in the nation. If not for an injury to ISU’s RB they could have easily went 0-12.

    What did he “help restore” exactly?

  2. stoicpaisano says: Jan 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    Purdue had a couple of defensive graduate assistants on the staff last season, so promoting from within may be a possibility. Logan Link would make the most sense, having worked with the secondary last season. Link was a two-year starting safety at Purdue and graduated in 2012.

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    Yeah, promote a 24 year old Link from GA to DC, that’s tactically sound. Urban would drop three digits on this team if that happened.

    A better option would be to tap Marcus Freeman, who is Purdue’s linebackers coach and has a pedigree playing LB at Ohio State (for departed Heacock’s older brother, no less) and in the NFL before a heart condition ended his career. Only 28 but has five years as a full time assistant at Kent and Purdue.

  3. bigbuckeye76 says: Jan 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    Awesome….Purdue is back!

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