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During his nine years at Michigan State, Brad Salem has developed a knack for recruiting talented players and then turning them into offensive weapons once they arrive in East Lansing.
Salem played at Northern Arizona before transferring to Augustana College in South Dakota where he played quarterback and wide receiver for the Division II program.
He actually got his coaching start in Paris, France, where he was the play caller for Robinson Sphinx of the European Professional League in the spring of 1993. In the fall he returned to Augustana to work with the team’s defensive backs as a student coach.
Salem was hired in 2010 as Michigan State’s running backs coach after head coaching for his alma mater. He left Augustana with a 31-26 record in five years a head coach.
After his first year with the Spartans, the program promoted him to the role of recruiting director where he saw tremendous success. He brought in four Top 25 recruiting classes in a row from 2014 to 2017.
Salem is now in his sixth year coaching quarterbacks for Michigan State, and while he no longer oversees the program’s recruiting, he spends time in his new role helping turn many of the young players he signed into stars.
Developing All Pro Talent
During his time in charge of running backs, Salem helped develop future NFL All-Pro Le’Veon Bell, specifically helping him prepare before the 2013 draft, where he was drafted in the second round. As a Spartan Bell averaged 137.9 yards per game and finished with the most rushing yards in the Big Ten in 2012.
After three seasons with the running backs, Salem was promoted to quarterbacks coach, where he continued to develop NFL talent.
He worked closely with Connor Cook, who would become the winningest passer in program history and become the first Spartan to earn the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year Award. Cook was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft after his senior season.
Developing Game Down the Depth Chart
Salem’s starters aren’t the only ones who’ve benefited from his tutelage. In 2015 with Cook out with an injury against No. 2 Ohio State, Salem employed a dual quarterback system of Tyler O-Connor and Damion Terry. They ended up dethroning the defending national champions to take control of the Big Ten East.
Playing Every Role
Salem has seen success in a number of different coaching roles. As a recruiter, he was one of the best in the country, but his strengths clearly go well beyond being a good salesman, as many of the players he’s worked closely with have gone on to the NFL.
In his ninth season with the Spartans Salem has been an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, running backs coach, and the program’s chief recruiter. Someone who plays under Salem gets a coach with wide offensive expertise, as he played multiple positions as a player and has coached multiple