Tim Lester

Recruiting Area(s): Chicago (South)


Tim Lester was named the Broncos’ quarterback coach on Dec. 10, 2004 and enters his second season as a coach with the Broncos in 2006.  Under Lester’s tutelage, freshman signal caller Tim Hiller contributed positively for injured senior quarterback, Ryan Cubit, earning MAC Freshman of the Year honors.  Hiller finished the season with an efficiency rating of 178.85, which would have led the nation if he were eligible, and tossed 20 touchdowns versus just three interceptions. 


Lester served as head coach at Division II Saint Joseph’s College in 2004, leading the program to its second-best record (7-4) ever.  The Pumas experienced a five-game improvement from the previous season and established seven school records.  For his efforts, Lester was named IFA Coach of the Year. 


Lester also worked as offensive coordinator at Division III Elmhurst College from 2002-03, playing a part in 11 offensive records as his offenses averaged over 400 yards and 30 points per game.  In addition, Lester coached preps, serving as offensive coordinator at Saint Benedict High School in 2001 and his alma mater, Wheaton Warrenville South High School in 2000. 


Lester left Western Michigan as the school’s all-time leading passer in possession of 17 school records.  Lester completed his career ranked fifth in NCAA all-time passing yards (11,299) and seventh in touchdown passes (89).  Lester’s professional career included stops with the XFL’s Chicago Enforcers, the Nashville Kats and Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League and the Memphis Xplorers of Arena2. 


A native of Wheaton, Ill., Lester (29/2-8-77) earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics educations from Western Michigan in 2000.


Lester is married to the former Dawn Kaplan and as a child, Quinn (6).