Head football coach Mark Elder announced on Wednesday that former Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Danny Hope will be returning to his alma mater as the program’s next offensive line coach.
“We’re very excited to have coach Hope return to EKU as our offensive line coach,” said Elder in a press release from Kevin Britton, assistant athletics director for communications. “He brings an extraordinary amount of experience – both as a leader of men and as an offensive line coach. He will help our players continue to develop themselves as men, grow in their technique and will bring an edge of toughness to our offensive line. His experience will certainly help us on offense from the standpoint of putting together a game plan and leading a group on that side of the ball. His experience will be instrumental in helping us be successful.”
Hope was the head coach at Eastern for five seasons from 2003-07. Hope ended his time at EKU with a record of 35-22 overall record and a 32-8 mark against Ohio Valley Conference teams. In his final season, Eastern went 9-3 overall and 8-0 in the OVC on its way to the program’s 19th conference title.
After the 2007 season, Hope moved on to join the Purdue football staff as associate head coach. In 2008, he was named the head coach. Hope led the Purdue program for four seasons (2009-12). During that time, the Boilermakers qualified for two bowl games, went 3-1 against rival Indiana, beat Ohio State twice and beat Michigan in Ann Arbor for the first time in 43 years.
Hope is back home where his football career started. Hope graduated from EKU in 1981 and played football for hall of fame coach Roy Kidd. According to the press release, “He started on the offensive line from 1977-1980 and was a part of the 1979 squad that captured EKU’s first national championship. He was also a captain on the 1980 team that finished as the national runner-up.”
Over the years, Hope has coached at the following schools: Louisville, Manatee High School in Florida, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Purdue and EKU.
Hope is replacing former offensive line coach Terry Heffernan, who accepted the assistant offensive line coaching position with the Buffalo Bills last month.