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March 6, 2013

Bridge hire official

Darrell Hazell's coaching staff at Purdue is now complete.

Jim Bridge was officially announced as the offensive line coach Wednesday morning, the ninth and final assistant for Hazell in his first season as the Boilermakers' boss. Bridge, who had been at Illinois for a couple months after six seasons at North Carolina State, replaces Jim Bollman at Purdue; Bollman had been at Purdue the last two months, until taking the offensive coordinator/tight ends job at Michigan State last week.

"I'm excited to have Jim join our staff," Hazell said in a press release. "He brings a lot of passion and experience to Purdue and he is a phenomenal teacher. I know our players are going to love working with him."

At North Carolina State, Bridge served two seasons as the offensive line coach (2011-2012) and four with the tight ends (2007-10).

In 2012, the Wolfpack offense averaged more than 420 yards per game and ranked 18th nationally in passing yards per game (310.1 ypg). Prior to his six-year stint at N.C. State, Bridge helped coach the Boston College offense that led the ACC in total offense in 2005 and ranked second in the league in 2006. The 2006 Eagles, with Bridge as the tight ends coach, also led the league in first downs and passing offense.

In 2008, Bridge was named one of the top recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com.

Bridge, a 1992 graduate of Wittenberg University (Ohio) where he played tight end, has previously served as offensive line coach at Eastern Michigan (2002) and The Citadel (1996-99) and spent one year at Bowling Green as the tight ends coach (2000). In his 21 years of collegiate coaching experience, Bridge has coached in 12 bowl games and has tutored four players who went on to play professionally.

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