FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona head football coach Jerome Souers has announced the hiring of Brian Sheppard, as the Lumberjacks new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Sheppard replaces Tim Plough, who returned to his alma mater UC Davis in the same capacity.
Sheppard comes to NAU after coaching the last four years at Indiana State football program. Sheppard served five years with the Sycamores as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
"I am honored to have Brian join our staff," said Souers. "He is a terrific coach that brings excellent experience, passion, and knowledge to the table. I'm excited to welcome Brian to the Lumberjack family."
Lasts season, Indiana State tallied 4,039 yards of total offense (2,698 rushing, 2,417 receiving). The Sycamores threw 20 touchdowns, averaging 245.3 passing yards per game. In 2014, Sheppard helped guide the Sycamores to the school's first FCS Playoff appearance since 1983.
Prior to Indiana State, Sheppard coached at Willamette, where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In Sheppard's first year at Willamette in 2012, the Bearcats finished 8-2 while breaking numerous school records. Willamette ranked No. 10 nationally in total offense, amassing 4,981 yards and 55 touchdowns. Willamette finished the season with the No. 4-ranked passing offense in the nation. The Bearcats finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Northwest Conference in total offense (499.1 YPG), passing offense, scoring offense, 3rd-down percentage, and red zone offense.
Sheppard has also had stints at Tulsa, New Mexico State and UCLA.
Sheppard played college football at Saddleback Junior College, Southeastern Louisiana University and Baker University, primarily as a quarterback, in addition to wide receiver duties.
Sheppard graduated from Baker in the spring of 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.