After hearing rumblings at the beginning of March, Wednesday the University of Cincinnati made it official that Mike Gillhamer would be the new secondary coach. Gillhamer is replacing co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Steven Clinkscales who departed for the University of Kentucky in February to become their secondary coach.
Gillhamer has a wealth of coaching experience in the pros and college. His last three stops were with the Carolina Panthers which he spent 2004-10, 2011 at Illinois and Indianapolis Colts from 2012-15.
Tuberville quote per GoBearcats
"Mike brings a lot to our staff with his extensive experience at the college and pro levels," Tuberville said. "His beliefs about coaching and teaching fundamentals and technique are right in line with my own. He will be a great addition to our coaching staff and we are excited he's on board with the Bearcats."
This staff as a whole looks a lot different than last year’s staff, but I can say that have brought some serious experience in with the recent round of hires. Gillhamer is fresh from the pro game so who wouldn’t want to learn how tips in the secondary from a guy who coached the likes of Vontae Davis and Mike Adams. Davis is a top tier cornerback and Adams has been one of the better safeties in football since arriving to Indianapolis.
Coach Tuberville welcomed his newest coach on Twitter with this welcoming tweet.
Pleased to welcome Coach Mike Gillhamer to our @GoBearcatsFB staff as secondary coach. http://bit.ly/1MBYL5w http://twitter.com/TTuberville/status/715263833456173057/photo/1 https://twitter.com/TTuberville/status/715263833456173057
Good luck to coach Gillhamer hopefully he can turn this whole backend into super ball hawks. This secondary was young as a unit, but a lot of kids were forced into serious action so this year they should show tremendous growth. Can Mike work his magic? Only time will tell, but this seems like a very positive move for the Bearcats.