Tim Lester is the new Western Michigan head coach

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday January 13, 2017

Former Purdue quarterbacks coach Tim Lester has been named head coach at Western Michigan.

Lester is a former WMU quarterback, who played there in the late 1990s, and he played in the XFL in 2001. The Detroit News reports he interviewed for eight hours on Wednesday. He spent this past year at Purdue and was previously a Syracuse assistant from 2013-15, including two years as offensive coordinator.

The move comes two days the recruiting dead period ended, meaning Lester will be trying to keep WMU’s recruiting class together ahead of the Feb. 1 Signing Day. This weekend is a big recruiting weekend for the program, with a lot of players on campus.

He has head coaching experience at Division III Elmhurst (IL) from 2008-12, where he posted a 33-19 record, including 10-2 in his final season. He also went 7-4 as Saint Joseph’s head coach in 2004.

Lester takes over a WMU team coming off a 13-0 regular season and Cotton Bowl appearance. The team loses QB Zach Terrell and NFL-quality wide receiver Corey Davis, but the 2016 two-deep only included nine seniors.

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