|Sport (s):||Football, Men's Track and Field|
JAMARCUS L. SHEPHARD ’05 was a two-time American Football Coaches Association First Team All-America as a return specialist and was named D3football.com All-America First Team (2003), Football Gazette All-America Second Team (2003) and Associated Press Little All-America Second Team (2003). A two-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, Shephard was a two-time first team allSCAC wide receiver and second team as a sophomore. He played in the 2004 Aztec Bowl (Division III All-Stars vs. Mexico) in addition to being DePauw’s only representative in the Hula Bowl. The 2004 team co-captain and 2003 offensive MVP is the only DePauw player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a single game. He holds school records for single-season kickoff return yards (659) and career (1,430) and ranks third in school history with 3,997 all-purpose yards, fifth in career pass receptions (168), sixth in receiving yards (2,382) and tied for sixth with 17 touchdown receptions. As a member of the track and field team, he also competed on the school-record 4x100-meter relay that finished 12th at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He was the first recipient of DePauw’s Phil Eskew Award, honoring an outstanding senior male student-athlete.
Upon graduation with a B.A. degree in English writing, Shephard got his start in football coaching as an assistant at his alma mater, Fort Wayne Northrop High School, before moving to Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis in 2006. He worked in the NCAA Championships Division in 2006 and Educational Services in 2007 and was a volunteer assistant with the DePauw track & field program in 2007. Shephard then worked with the National Center for Drug-Free Sport in Kansas City, Missouri, from 2007 to 2011. He joined the Western Kentucky football staff in 2011 as a defensive analyst and volunteer assistant for two seasons. He was an offensive analyst in 2013 before being hired as a full-time receivers coach in 2014. A receivers coach at Washington State in 2016, Shephard moved to Purdue the next season and currently serves as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach. Shephard earned his master’s degree in recreation and sport administration from Western Kentucky in 2013. He and his wife, Hallie, have a son, Jaylan, and a daughter, Alana.