Brock Spack
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamIllinois State
Annual salaryUS$300,000
Biographical details
Born (1962-01-05) January 5, 1962 (age 59)
Rockford, Illinois
Alma materPurdue University
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1985Purdue (GA)
1986Wabash (AST)
1987–1990Eastern Illinois (AST)
1991–1994Purdue (DB)
1995–1996Wyoming (DC)
1997–2008Purdue (DC)
2009–presentIllinois State
Head coaching record
Tournaments6–4 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 MVFC (2014–2015)

Brock D. Spack (born January 5, 1962) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at Illinois State University, position he has held since December 2008. Previously, he was the defensive coordinator at Purdue University under Joe Tiller.[1]

College career

Spack played Middle Linebacker at Purdue from 1980–1983. Spack graduated from Purdue in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in social studies. He earned a master's degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois in 1990. Spack played linebacker for the Boilermakers from 1980–83, earning first-team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America honors as a sophomore. He was a three-year starter and currently ranks fifth on the Boilermakers' career tackles list with 384.[2]

Coaching career

After graduation, he was a graduate assistant in football at Purdue for the 1984 & 1985 seasons, where he worked with Joe Tiller (defensive coordinator) and Jim Colletto (offensive coordinator) under head coach Leon Burtnett. When Jim Colletto was hired to replace Fred Akers after the 1990 season, he retained Brock as a defensive coach from 1991–1994. For the 1995 season, Joe Tiller hired Brock Spack as defensive coordinator at Wyoming, where he coached two seasons before following Joe Tiller to Purdue in 1997 and remained defensive coordinator until 2008.

In the 2008 season, Danny Hope was hired to return to Purdue to become head coach in 2009 upon Joe Tiller's retirement. Spack had interviewed for the position, but Hope had the edge with head coaching experience that Spack lacked. Spack coached with Hope during the 2008 season under Tiller and had indicated his intention to stay on Hope's staff, but ultimately, when offered a head coaching position at Illinois State, Spack decided to leave his alma mater starting with the 2009 season.

A native of Rockford, Ill., Spack and his wife, Aimee, a former Purdue cheerleader, have two children, Alicia who played softball for Purdue [3] and Brent, who was a linebacker for Illinois State.[4]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN# Coaches°
Illinois State Redbirds (Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2009–present)
2009 Illinois State 6–5 5–3 T–3rd
2010 Illinois State 6–5 4–4 T–3rd
2011 Illinois State 7–4 5–3 3rd 18 17
2012 Illinois State 9–4 5–3 T–3rd L FCS Quarterfinal 8 9
2013 Illinois State 5–6 4–4 6th
2014 Illinois State 13–2 7–1 T–1st L FCS Championship Game 2 2
2015 Illinois State 10–3 7–1 T–1st L FCS Quarterfinal 6 6
2016 Illinois State 6–6 4–4 T–4th L FCS First Round
2017 Illinois State 6–5 4–4 T–5th
2018 Illinois State 6–5 3–5 T–6th
2019 Illinois State 10–5 5–3 T–3rd L FCS Quarterfinal 7 7
2020 Illinois State 1–3 1–3 T–7th
2021 Illinois State
Illinois State: 85–53 .616 54–38 .587
Total: 85–53 .616
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ Illinois State hires Purdue D-coordinator Spack as coach December 15, 2008, Archived November 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Brock Spack". Purdue University. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Alicia Spack Profile
  4. ^ Brock Spack Profile – Illinois State University Official Athletic Site Archived November 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine