Western Michigan hires Tim Lester as their new head coach


Western Michigan

BLOOMINGTON, IN – NOVEMBER 26: Purdue University Boilermakers Quarterbacks Coach Tim Lester looks on during the Big Ten Conference game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Indiana Hoosiers on November 26, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Tim Lester era at Western Michigan University has begun.

Friday the school announced the hiring of the 39-year old Lester who previously served as a quarterbacks coach for Purdue this past season. Prior to his time with the Boilermakers Lester was an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Syracuse from 2013 to 2015.

Today’s announcement comes as a homecoming for Lester who not only worked as a quarterbacks coach for the Broncos in 2005, he was also the team’s quarterback from 1996-1999. During his time in Kalamazoo as a player, Lester threw for 11,299 career passing yards good for fourth in FBS history at that time. Lester also accumulated 89 touchdowns during his four years with Western while setting 17 University and Mid-American records.

Lester replaces the team’s former head coach P.J. Fleck who was recently hired away by Minnesota after a 13-1 record in 2016.

H/t: Detroit Free Press

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