WMU football coach Tim Lester to headline Benefit Dinner
Purchase 40th Annual Benefit Dinner tickets online
40th Annual Benefit Dinner is slated for June 19 featuring former
Western Michigan University quarterback and new head football coach Tim Lester as Guest Speaker.
Lester was named the 16th head football coach in Western Michigan University
history on January 13.
has risen through the coaching ranks after completing a Hall of Fame playing
career at WMU. Lester was a four-year starter at quarterback from 1996-99,
leading the Broncos to a Mid-American Conference championship appearance his
senior season. Lester also made a stop as an assistant coach at his alma mater
during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
began his coaching career in 2003 and most recently was the quarterbacks’ coach
at Purdue in 2016. Lester came to Purdue from Syracuse, where he served as quarterbacks’
coach from 2013 to 2015 and doubled as offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015.
to Syracuse, Lester was the head coach at Division III Elmhurst (Illinois)
College from 2008 to 2012. He posted a 33-19 record for a .635 winning
percentage. In 2012, he led the Blue Jays to a 10-2 record, a CCIW
championship, and a first-ever NCAA playoff game. Lester was named the College
Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Coach of the Year that season.
served as an assistant at North Central College (2007) and Elmhurst (2002-03).
He was the head coach at Division II Saint Joseph’s College in 2004 where he
received Independent Football Alliance Coach of the Year honors.
began his playing career at WMU earning MAC Freshman of the Year honors in 1996
and was named Second Team All-MAC his junior and senior seasons.
finished his WMU career ranked fourth in FBS history in passing yards (11,299)
and sixth in touchdown passes (89). Lester set 17 school passing records and
eight MAC records. Following his senior season, in which he threw for 3,639
yards and 34 touchdowns, Lester participated in the 1999 Blue-Gray Classic.
an assistant coach at WMU he coached quarterback Tim Hiller to MAC Freshman of
the Year accolades in 2005. Lester was WMU’s first QB to throw for over 11,000
career yards and Hiller went on to become the second.
college, Lester played with the Chicago Enforcers of the XFL, the Nashville
Kats and Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League, and the Memphis Xplorers
of the AFL 2.
A native of Wheaton,
Ill., Lester earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from WMU in 2000. He
was inducted into the Western Michigan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. Tim and
his wife Dawn have four children.
Tickets are available online or by calling Sherry Butler at 269-382-6800 ext. 103.