Hazell great fit as Boiler football head coach
Darrell Hazell has been named the 35th football head coach at Purdue by Purdue athletics director Morgan J. Burke, and Boiler Nation is fired up by his arrival.
“Darrell is a great fit to build on our existing foundation,” Burke said. “His leadership at Kent State, combined with his prior experience at Ohio State and other stops along the way, has prepared him to help us continue to move toward developing a championship-caliber program.
Hazell comes to the Boilermakers from Kent State, where he served as head coach for the last two seasons, compiling a 16-9 record. Hazell was named the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year, the third Kent State to be so honored, following Don James (1972) and Glen Mason (1986).
A 27-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Hazell previously coached at Rutgers (2001-03), West Virginia (1999-2000), the U.S. Military Academy (1997-98), Western Michigan (1995- 96), Pennsylvania (1992-94), Eastern Illinois (1988) and Oberlin (1986-87, 1989-91). Hazell served as the wide receivers coach at Ohio State from 2004 to 2010 and assistant head coach starting in 2005.
Hazell is a 1986 graduate of Muskingum College with a B.A. in speech communications and business. He was a three-time all-conference selection as a wide receiver. As a senior, he earned All-America honors and was voted a team captain.