NORMAL — Lamar Conard, Illinois State’s running backs coach for all nine years of head coach Brock Spack’s tenure with the Redbirds, has resigned.
“I am beyond grateful for the time my family and myself have spent at ISU,” Conard said Saturday. “I am proud of the men I recruited and coached in my time here. I love them all like they are my own children. I wish the team, administration and fans the best moving forward.”
Conard said he “absolutely” would like to remain in coaching. “It was time for me to move on with my career, wherever that may be,” he said.
Conard, who also served as ISU’s recruiting coordinator, was a former defensive back at Purdue.
He was a graduate assistant coach at Purdue when Spack was the Boilermakers' defensive coordinator. Conard followed Spack to ISU when Spack took over as Redbird head coach in 2009.
ISU had three 1,000-yard rushers under Conard in Marshaun Coprich, Darrelynn Dunn and Ashton Leggett. Coprich was a two-time All-American.
Conard also mentored current Redbird tailback James Robinson, who earned first team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors this past season.
Spack could not be reached for comment on Conard’s departure.
Conard is the fourth ISU offensive assistant from the 2017 season no longer with the program. Spack dismissed co-offensive coordinators Billy Dicken and Dan Clark and receivers coach Kane Keirnan shortly after the season’s conclusion.
Kurt Beathard has since returned as Redbird offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after a two-year absence. Spack has yet to fill Clark’s offensive line position or the receivers job.