Danny Hope

Danny Hope

Danny Hope
Hope addresses the media after a Purdue football game in October 2009.
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Co-Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Line Coach
Team South Florida
Conference The American
Biographical details
Born (1959-01-07) January 7, 1959
Gainesville, Florida
Playing career
1977–1980 Eastern Kentucky
Position(s) Offensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1984 Manatee (FL) HS (Assistant)
1985–1994 Louisville (OL)
1995 Oklahoma (OL)
1996 Wyoming (OL)
1997–2001 Purdue (OL)
2002 Louisville (AHC)
2003–2007 Eastern Kentucky
2008 Purdue (AHC/OL)
2009–2012 Purdue
2015–present USF (Co-OC/OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 57–49
Bowls 1–0
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 OVC (2007)
OVC Coach of the Year (2007)

Danny Hope (born January 7, 1959) is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University from 2003 to 2007, and Purdue University from 2009 to 2012, compiling a career college football record of 57 wins and 49 losses. He is currently the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the South Florida Bulls football team.

Coaching career

Hope was the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University from 2003 to 2007. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky and also was a player at Eastern Kentucky. Before arriving at Eastern Kentucky, Hope was the offensive coordinator at Louisville. Hope was also an assistant coach in various capacities at Purdue, Wyoming, and Oklahoma prior to becoming the head coach at Eastern Kentucky.


Beginning on approximately January 7, 2008, several media outlets reported that Hope had been offered and accepted a coaching position at Purdue where it was expected that he would replace coach Joe Tiller as part of a succession plan.[1]

During his previous stay at Purdue, Hope was the offensive line coach for Tiller. He is credited with building the offensive line that protected NFL quarterback Drew Brees and produced several NFL offensive linemen, including All-Pro Matt Light.[2]

In his first game as head coach at Purdue in 2009, the Boilermakers won, 52–31, over Toledo.[3] Purdue lost their next five games before upsetting #7 Ohio State, 26–18, at home on October 17.[4] Later during the 2009 season, the Boilermakers won at Michigan for the first time since 1966 with a 38–36 come-from-behind win at The Big House on November 7. It was only the third time in program history that Purdue defeated Ohio State and Michigan in the same season.[5]

Hope's teams would miss out on bowl games in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. However, the 2011 team was able record a 6-6 overall record and a 4-4 conference record, including a second win against Ohio State in 3 years. The team would end up going to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, where they defeated Western Michigan 37-32 to achieve Hope's first winning season at Purdue.[6] Following the season, Burke extended Hope with a two-year contract extension.[2]

The 2012 season was met with high expectations from fans, alumni, and Hope himself, who proclaimed that it would be his best team with many starters returning.[7] Moreover, with both Ohio State and Penn State serving bowl bans that year, the Boilermakers had a strong opportunity to win the Leaders division title. However, after a 3-1 non-conference start, the team would then open Big Ten play with five straight losses. Although the Boilers would eventually win their final three games, including victories over archrivals Patrick Higgins was named interim coach for the bowl game.[8]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (Ohio Valley Conference) (2003–2007)
2003 Eastern Kentucky 7–5 6–2 2nd
2004 Eastern Kentucky 6–5 6–2 T–2nd
2005 Eastern Kentucky 7–4 7–1 2nd
2006 Eastern Kentucky 6–5 5–3 T–4th
2007 Eastern Kentucky 9–3 8–0 1st L NCAA Division I First Round
Eastern Kentucky: 35–22 32–8
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (2009–2012)
2009 Purdue 5–7 4–4 T–6th
2010 Purdue 4–8 2–6 9th
2011 Purdue 7–6 4–4 3rd (Leaders) W Little Caesars Pizza
2012 Purdue 6–6 3–5 4th (Leaders) Heart of Dallas*
Purdue: 22–27 13–19 * Hope fired before bowl game.
Total: 57–49
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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