Ryan Walters is heading to West Lafayette to become the next head coach at Purdue. The news was confirmed by a Purdue press release on Tuesday.

Walters comes to Purdue after the spending the last two seasons at Illinois as its DC. Here’s what Walters had to say about the brand new opportunity:

I am incredibly humbled and honored to serve as the head football coach at Purdue University. I am grateful to Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski and to President Daniels for this incredible opportunity. Purdue is a world-class university, and our football program will pursue the same excellence exhibited across our campus. My wife Tara and I, along with our boys, are beyond excited to join the Purdue and West Lafayette communities. Boiler Up!

Under Walters, Illinois led the nation in points allowed per game (12.3). The Fighting Illini were also second in the nation in total yards allowed per game (263.8). Illinois finished with an 8-4 record and will face Mississippi State in the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2.

Former HC Jeff Brohm left the program after there was an opening at his alma mater Louisville. Brohm played football for the Cardinals in college and was an assistant there during the early 2000s.

Stay tuned for more updates about Walters and Purdue.