JaMarcus Shephard will enter his first season as a full-time assistant and fourth overall with the Toppers.
Jan. 16, 2014
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- On Thursday, Hilltopper head football coach Jeff Brohm added another full-time staffer as JaMarcus Shephard, who has spent the last three seasons on the WKU staff in a quality control role, has been promoted to wide receivers coach.
"I was able to work directly with JaMarcus this past season and came away very impressed with his ability to not only teach the wide receiver position, but to make our offense better as a whole," said Brohm. "He has excelled in everything he has done, brings a lot of life to our staff room, and will make for an excellent young position coach and recruiter. I know he's excited and will make the most of this opportunity."
In 2013, Shephard worked as a quality control assistant for the Hilltoppers, specifically helping the wide receivers transform from a run-heavy offense into a more balanced unit under then-coach Bobby Petrino. Shephard's wide receiver room helped the Tops to a single-season school record in total offense and proved to have a `Next Man Up' mentality as quarterback Brandon Doughty was able to evenly distribute the ball with eight different receivers catching at least one pass.
Shephard has spent three seasons in all at WKU, serving two years as a defensive analyst and volunteer assistant.
A two-time Division III American Football Coaches Association at DePauw University, Shephard primarily aided in defensive scheming and identifying opponent tendencies. Additionally, he helped to monitor player academic performance and assisted in the recruiting process.
During his time on The Hill, Shephard also served as a graduate teaching assistant, conducting courses in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport from spring 2011 to fall 2012.
Before his arrival on The Hill, Shephard spent the 2007 season as an assistant track and field coach at DePauw. Shephard began his football coaching career at his high school alma mater, Northrop High in Fort Wayne, Ind., before moving to Indianapolis for a stint at Broad Ripple High.
At DePauw, Shephard participated in the 2005 Hula Bowl as well as the 2004 Aztec Bowl in Cancun, Mexico - both games reserved for collegiate all-stars. In Cancun, Shephard helped lead Team USA over Team Mexico, 23-3, with three kickoff returns for 95 yards including a 56 yarder to setup the team's first touchdown. He was also one of just two Division III participants in the Hula Bowl that season.
Shephard also tied the NCAA record for kickoffs returned for touchdowns in a game with two. In his senior season, Shephard caught 47 balls for 815 yards and seven touchdowns while also taking home first team All-SCAC honors. He finished his collegiate career as DePauw's all-time leader in kickoff return yards and kickoff return average, a mark he still holds today. His 168 career receptions still rank No. 5 all-time at DePauw while his 2,382 career receiving yards are No. 6 all-time. Shephard is also the No. 3 all-purpose player in DePauw history, tallying 3,997 yards over his career.
Shephard graduated from DePauw in 2005 with a degree in Sports Medicine while also serving as a captain on the track and field squad as well as a captain on the football team. At WKU, Shephard also earned his master's degree in Recreation and Sport Administration.
While at DePauw in his senior year, Shephard also served a semester internship with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. From 2005 to 2007, he spent time working for the NCAA in the Education Services division before moving on to a four-year stint at the National Center from Drug Free Sport in Kansas City, Mo., from 2007 to 2011.
Shephard and his wife Hallie have a son, Jaylan (3), and a daughter, Alana (8 mos.).
THE JaMarcus Shephard FILE
Born: May 30, 1983
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
High School: Northrop High, `01
College: DePauw, `05
Children: Jaylan, Alana
PLAYING CAREER (Wide Receiver)
High School: Northrop High
College: Depauw (2001-04)
2005: Northrop High (Wide Receivers)
2006: Broad Ripple High (Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs)
2007: Depauw (Assistant Track Coach - Long Jumpers and Sprinters)
2011: WKU (Defense Volunteer Assistant)
2012: WKU (Defensive Quality Control)
2013: WKU (Offensive Quality Control)
2014: WKU (Wide Receivers)
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