WSU football hires new inside receivers coach from WKU

From staff reports

WSU Head Coach Mike Leach announced Monday that former Western Kentucky University coach JaMarcus Shephard has been named WSU’s inside wide receivers’ coach. Shepard replaces David Yost, who took a position at Oregon in mid-January.

“JaMarcus is a tremendous coach and will fit nicely within our program,” Leach said via “He has great passion for coaching and recruiting, is familiar with how we attack from an offensive standpoint and believes strongly in not only improving every day on the field but also in the classroom.”

Shephard joins an offense that led the FBS in passing offense in 2015, having come from a program that ranked fourth in passing offense. Shephard spent two years at WKU, developing junior receiver Taywan Taylor into an all-conference first-team weapon with 86 receptions for 1,467 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Before his two-year stint at WKU as a full-time assistant, Shephard served as a defensive analyst, volunteer assistant and quality control assistant from 2011-13. Before his time spent under then WKU Head Coach Bobby Petrino he was out of college football.

Shephard spent four years at the National Center for Drug Free Sport from 2007 to 2011. Other stints include DePauw University, his alma mater. He graduated from DePauw in 2005 after serving as the team captain for football and track and field.

Reporting by Lars Hanson