TILLER, JOE

JOE TILLER

Inducted:  June 21, 2012 in West Lafayette, IN

Date of Birth:  December 7, 1942 in Toledo, OH

High School Attended:  Toledo, OH, Rogers                     Graduated:  1961

College Attended:  Montana State University                    Graduated:  1965

College Honors:  Honorable Mention All-American offensive tackle; team captain.

Professional Athletic Background:  Drafted by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League in 1964 but did not sign; played for Calgary of the Canadian Football League during 1964 season.

Coaching Experience:  Offensive and defensive line coach at Montana State University 1965-1970; assistant coach at Washington State 1971-1973, with one year as defensive line coach and two years as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach; assistant coach with Calgary Stampeders of CFL 1974-1982, including interim head coach for 6 games in 1976, assistant general manager 1977-1980, and director of administration and player personnel 1980-1982; assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, and defensive line coach at Purdue University 1983-1986; offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Wyoming 1987-1988; assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and offensive line coach at Washington State 1989-1990; head coach at Wyoming 1991-1996; head coach at Purdue University 1997-2008; 18 year head coaching record of 126-92-1; retired from coaching in 2010 after 43 years coaching, 18 years as a head coach.

Coaching Honors:  Won back-to-back WAC title and went to 2 Holiday Bowls while with Washington State; while with Wyoming, team ranked in top 20 nationally in passing offense and top 30 in total offense each season; won 1996 WAC Pacific Division title and a share of 1993 WAC Championship and a trip to 1993 Copper Bowl; named GTE Region 5 Coach of the Year by American Football Coaches Association; Purdue team played in Champs Sports Bowl in 2006, the Sun Bowl in 2004, the Capital One Bowl in 2003, the Sun Bowl in 2002 and 2001; served as an assistant coach for the 2001 Hula Bowl; lost to Washington 34-24 in 2001 Rose Bowl; played in Outback Bowl in 1999 and Alamo Bowl in 1997 and 1998; named National Coach of the Year by Football News and Kickoff magazines; the GTE Region 3 Coach of the Year (Big Ten, Mid-American Conference, and Conference USA) by American Football Coaches Association and Big Ten Dave McClain Coach of the Year; finalist for Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year and for National Coach of the Year by The Sporting News in 1997; engineered 10 bowl berths in 12 years from 1997 to 2008 while at Purdue, an average of more than 7 wins per season and a Big Ten Championship in 2000; had PU teams that qualified for 10 of 15 bowl games in school history; served as head coach of East team in East-West Shrine Game in 2005.

Special Recognition:  Member of American Football Coaches Association; in demand as a public speaker throughout United States; instrumental in formation of Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation, promoting youth football; chapter was renamed in his honor in June, 2007; an autobiography, Tiller: Not Your Average Joe, was published in 2006; awarded Order of the Griffin, one of PU's highest honors in January, 2008; appointed head coach emeritus by PU Board of Trustees on November 21, 2008.

Family:  Wife, Arnette; children, Renee, Julie, and Mike.