Joe Tiller, the winningest football coach in Purdue history dies at 74

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Longtime Purdue head coach Joe Tiller passed away Saturday morning at the age of 74 in Buffalo, Wyoming.  

Tiller served as the Boilermaker's head football coach from 1997 to 2008 and was the winningest coach in school history with an 87-62 record. 

Tiller was named the Big Ten and national Coach of the Year in 1997. 

In January of 2008, Tiller was awarded the Order of the Griffin - one of Purdue’s highest honors - and was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. Joe Tiller Drive, located immediately north of Ross-Ade Stadium, was named in his honor Sept. 19, 2015. 

Tiller is survived by his wife, Arnette; daughters, Renee and Julie; son, Michael; daughter-in-law Hilda; and grandchildren, Paulina, Lily, Gus and Tori. 

A viewing is scheduled in Buffalo for Oct. 11 and the funeral Oct. 12. 

You can read more on Coach Tiller's long history with college football from Purdue Sports

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