Brock Spack

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Brock Spack
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Illinois State
Conference MVFC
Record 49–27
Annual salary US$243,072
Biographical details
Born (1962-01-05) January 5, 1962 (age 53)
Rockford, Illinois
Alma mater Purdue University
Playing career
1980–1983 Purdue
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1985 Purdue (GA)
1986 Wabash (AST)
1987–1990 Eastern Illinois (AST)
1991–1994 Purdue (DB)
1995–1996 Wyoming (DC)
1997–2008 Purdue (DC)
2009–present Illinois State
Head coaching record
Overall 49–27

Brock Spack (born January 5, 1962) is the head coach of Illinois State University football. He was appointed to the position in December 2008. Previously, he was the defensive coordinator at Purdue University under Joe Tiller.[1] In his first three seasons with ISU, Spack's team had a winning record (6–5, 6–5 and 7–4).

College career[edit]

Spack played Middle Linebacker at Purdue from 1980–1983. Spack graduated from Purdue in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in social studies. He earned a master's degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois in 1990. Spack played linebacker for the Boilermakers from 1980–83, earning first-team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America honors as a sophomore. He was a three-year starter and currently ranks fifth on the Boilermakers' career tackles list with 384.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After graduation, he was a graduate assistant in football at Purdue for the 1984 & 1985 seasons, where he worked with Joe Tiller (defensive coordinator) and Jim Colletto (offensive coordinator) under head coach Leon Burtnett. When Jim Colletto was hired to replace Fred Akers after the 1990 season, he retained Brock as a defensive coach from 1991–1994. For the 1995 season, Joe Tiller hired Brock Spack as defensive coordinator at Wyoming, where he coached two seasons before following Joe Tiller to Purdue in 1997 and remained defensive coordinator until 2008.

In the 2008 season, Danny Hope was hired to return to Purdue to become head coach in 2009 upon Joe Tiller's retirement. Spack had interviewed for the position, but Hope had the edge with head coaching experience that Spack lacked. Spack coached with Hope during the 2008 season under Tiller and had indicated his intention to stay on Hope's staff, but ultimately, when offered a head coaching position at Illinois State, Spack decided to leave his alma mater starting with the 2009 season.

A native of Rockford, Ill., Spack and his wife, Aimee, a former Purdue cheerleader, have two children, Alicia who played softball for Purdue [3] and Brent, who was a linebacker for Illinois State.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN# Coaches°
Illinois State Redbirds (Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2009–present)
2009 Illinois State 6–5 5–3 T–3rd
2010 Illinois State 6–5 4–4 T–3rd
2011 Illinois State 7–4 5–3 3rd 18 17
2012 Illinois State 9–4 5–3 T–3rd L FCS Quaterfinal 8 9
2013 Illinois State 5–6 4–4 6th
2014 Illinois State 13–2 7–1 T–1st L FCS Championship Game 2 2
2015 Illinois State 3–1 1–0
Illinois State: 49–27 31–18
Total: 49–27
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.