Mike Leach in a release from Washington State said Shephard loves to recruit. Shepard replaces Dave Yost, who left to coach quarterbacks at Oregon.
“JaMarcus is a tremendous coach and will fit nicely within our program,” said Leach. “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.”
WSU had temporarily elevated defensive quality control assistant Brian Odom to assistant coach status in order to have nine WSU assistants plus Leach out on the recruiting trail. Shephard will now hit the road for WSU with Signing Day now just nine days away.
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Shephard arrives at WSU following two seasons as the receivers coach at Western Kentucky. This past season WKU finished fourth in FBS in passing average at 372.2 yards per game, with junior receiver Taywan Taylor, who broke the majority of WKU’s career records, leading the way with 86 receptions for 1,467 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to all-conference first-team honors. Another receiver, Jared Dangerfield, who broke the single-season school record for receptions in 2014, repeated as an all-conference performer and has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game this weekend.
Over the past two seasons Shephard has coached a receiving group that has combined for 553 receptions and 86 touchdowns, including 290 catches and 48 touchdowns in 2015. In addition to his duties as receivers coach the past two seasons, Shephard added special teams duties in the spring of 2015.
Shephard had been at WKU since 2013, serving two years as a defensive analyst and volunteer assistant in 2011 and 2012, before moving to offensive quality control assistant in 2013 under then-head coach Bobby Petrino.
Shephard began his coaching career in 2005 working with wide receivers at Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., followed by a year at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis where he worked with receivers and defensive backs. He moved on to his alma mater, DePauw University, in 2007 where he was an assistant track coach working with long jumpers and sprinters. From 2007-11, he spent four years at the National Center from Drug Free Sport in Kansas City, Mo.
A 2005 graduate of DePauw, Shephard participated in the 2005 Hula Bowl as well as the 2004 Aztec Bowl in Cancun, Mexico. As a senior he caught 47 balls for 815 yards and seven touchdowns while also taking home first team all-conference honors. He finished his collegiate career as DePauw’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards and kickoff return average. His 168 career receptions still rank No. 5 all-time at DePauw while his 2,382 career receiving yards are No. 6 all-time.
Shephard graduated from DePauw in 2005 with a degree in sports medicine while also serving as a team captain for both football and track and field. He later obtained his master’s degree in Recreation and Sport Administration at Western Kentucky.
Shephard and his wife Hallie have a son, Jaylan, and a daughter, Alana.