Purdue has reportedly found its co-defensive coordinator for the 2021 football season.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg is reporting that Purdue is planning to hire former Charlotte head coach and Marshall defensive coordinator Brad Lambert. He is expected to be the co-defensive coordinator as well as linebackers coach with the Boilermakers.

Jeff Brohm has been shifting his staff this season, looking to replace defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who was not retained following the 2020 season. The Boilers finished the season 2-4.

Lambert was the head coach at Charlotte from 2013-18, compiling a 22-48 record with the 49ers. He’s also served as an assistant coach at Marshall (1990-95, 2019-20), Georgia (1996-99) and Wake Forest (2001-10).

In 2020, Lambert was the defensive coordinator and safeties coach for a Marshall team that led the nation in points allowed per game, permitting just 13 points per contest. The Thundering Herd also ranked 2nd in total defense, 4th in rushing defense and 11th in pass defense.

Purdue needs help in all those areas.

Last year, the Boilermakers ranked 8th in the B1G in points allowed (29.8 per game). They also ranked 13th in pass defense and 8th in total defense in the conference.

This will be Lambert’s first Power 5 job since his time at Wake Forest, which concluded in 2010.