Purdue makes hiring of new defensive line coach official
Mark Hagen is officially returning to Purdue.
Sunday morning, Purdue released a statement announcing that Hagen has officially been hired as the next defensive line coach. This will be his second run with the Boilermakers, previously working in West Lafayette from 2000-10 under head coaches Joe Tiller and Danny Hope.
Hagen returns to Purdue after spending the 2019 season at Texas. He was the associate head coach and defensive line coach for the Longhorns under former head coach Tom Herman.
“We’re very excited to bring Mark back to Purdue,” head coach Jeff Brohm said in a statement. “He has a ton of experience in the Big Ten and knows the state of Indiana and the Midwest extremely well. Our fans and alumni are very familiar with him and we think he is a great fit for what we are trying to accomplish,”
In addition to an extended stint at Purdue in the 2000s, Hagen also has experience coaching at rival Indiana, where he was an assistant in 2011 and 2012 before spending four seasons with the Hoosiers from 2015-18 as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.
Purdue finished the 2020 season with a 2-4 record. After defeating Iowa and Illinois in the first two weeks of the season, the Boilers finished the year by losing four straight games.