Ed Zaunbrecher served as the Owls' offensive coordinator during the 2009 season.
Zaunbrecher came to Rice from Purdue University where he spent three years as the Boilermakers' quarterbacks coach. In his first two seasons, he served as co-offensive coordinator before assuming the coordinator duties on his own this past year.
Zaunbrecher helped Curtis Painter break Drew Brees' Big Ten season passing yards record with 3,985 and lead the conference in total offense (292.3 yards per game) in 2006, while Purdue led the Big Ten in passing offense (291.6 yards per game) and total offense (415.7), ranking sixth and 13th nationally. Painter finished his career with 11,167 yards passing, second only to Brees in Big Ten history.
Over the course of his career, Zaunbrecher has mentored 42 National Football League draft picks, including six first-round selections. Ten of his quarterbacks, including Painter, have set school passing records. His list of signal-callers includes three currently playing in the NFL: Rex Grossman of the Chicago Bears, Byron Leftwich of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chad Pennington of the Miami Dolphins.
Zaunbrecher was not stranger to C-USA , having served as the quarterback coach at Marshall from 1999 to 2001 as well as the role of offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. Marshall ranked third nationally both in passing offense and total offense in 2001, averaging 350.1 and 505 yards per game.
Prior to his stint with Purdue, Zaunbrecher coached from 2002-05 on the staff of Ron Zook, first at Florida (2002-04) and then at Illinois (2005). He coached the Gators quarterbacks from 2002-04 and was the offensive coordinator from 2002-03. He was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Illinois.
Zaunbrecher was head coach at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana Monroe) from 1994 to 1998, compiling a 20-36 record. The Indians moved to NCAA Division I-A status in 1994 and went on to win five games each of his last three seasons.
Zaunbrecher's other experience includes stops at Michigan State (1991-93 - linebackers and kickers); LSU (1984-90 - offensive coordinator and quarterbacks); Wake Forest (1980-83 - offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers); and Arizona (1973-74 - graduate assistant, 1975-76 - offensive line).
During Zaunbrecher's first tenure at Purdue, he coached the running backs (1977-78) and receivers (1979) under head coach Jim Young. One of his pupils, Dave Young, concluded his career as the Big Ten all-time receptions leader. The Boilermakers won the 1978 Peach Bowl and the 1979 Bluebonnet Bowl.
A native of Rayne, La., Zaunbrecher (born March 1, 1950) earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State in 1972 and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Arizona in 1974. At Middle Tennessee State, Zaunbrecher was a three-year starter at center, earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award and received the 1972 NCAA Postgraduate Award Scholarship. He has three children: Ann Lindsay, Emily and Zack.
A native of Rayne, La., Zaunbrecher (born March 1, 1950) earned a bachelor's degree
in psychology from Middle Tennessee State in 1972 and a master's degree in guidance
and counseling from Arizona in 1974. At Middle Tennessee State, Zaunbrecher was a
three-year starter at center, earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award and received the1972 NCAA Postgraduate Award Scholarship. He has three children: Ann Lindsay, Emily