The Purdue Boilermakers football team is the latest to make an addition to its coaching staff.
Tuesday afternoon, Purdue confirmed the speculation that had surfaced over the past couple of days by announcing the hiring of Marty Biagi by Jeff Brohm. Biagi will serve as the Boilermakers’ special teams coordinator. According to the school, he’ll also hold an unspecified, as of yet, role as defensive assistant.
“Marty is one of the leading coaches and brightest minds in the area of special teams,” the Purdue Boilermakers football head coach said in a statement. “We are very excited to have him here.”
Biagi has spent the past three seasons as the special teams coordinator at North Texas. Twice, the school noted in its release, Biagi was a finalist for the FootballScoop.com Special Teams Coordinator of the Year.
From the school’s release:
The Mean Green scored six special teams touchdowns, blocked nine punts, four kicks and had 10 players recognized with All-Conference USA accolades during Biagi’s tenure. North Texas won nine games in both 2017 and 2018, appearing in the New Orleans Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl, respectively.
Biagi’s special teams unit at UNT finished in the top 20 in the Football Bowl Division in blocked kicks/punts all three seasons in Denton, tying for 11th in 2017 (4), for 19th in 2018 (3) and for sixth in 2019 (4).
One of those six special teams touchdowns came in a 2018 upset of Arkansas on a wild trick play during a punt return.
Prior to his time in Denton, Biagi was a special teams analyst at Notre Dame. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas.