Former Illini Star Jason Dulick Paying Back

Former Fighting Illini football players have been prominent at Illini summer camps. Some help the UI coach players at the camps. Others like Jason Dulick bring high school players they are coaching to camp to give their kids more training and exposure. Dulick enjoys coaching and remains a loyal Illini.

Jason Dulick came to Illinois from St. Louis University High School in the fall of 1992. He earned letters the following four years before graduating in 1997. Speaking at the Edwardsville UI summer camp, Dulick shared what he has done since graduation.

"I went to a couple of NFL training camps. I also played in the Arena Football League with a couple teams. I suffered a neck injury, so I had to give up football.

"After that, I went into teaching and coaching. I've been doing that for about 10 years at Gateway Tech High School in St. Louis. I've been coaching track, basketball and football. This last year, I got the head football coaching position at Gateway."

He brought three of his promising young players to the camp.

"I'm just trying to get a couple of my players some exposure and experience with the U of I. That's what it's all about."

Dulick is enjoying success at Gateway.

"We had a pretty good record this last year. We went 10-3 and made it to the state quarterfinals."

This fall season should be successful also.

"We expect to do pretty good. We lost a lot of seniors from last year, so it's kind of a rebuilding year. I'm getting these guys to these camps and trying to develop their skills. Hopefully they'll make an impact next year."

Dulick has many special memories of his days playing football with the Illini.

"I had a wonderful experience at the U of I. Some of the great memories include beating Michigan at Ann Arbor and going to the bowl games. We went to the Holiday Bowl and Liberty Bowl.

"And just the relationships that you build with the guys. I'm still friends with a lot of those guys, like Ty Douthard, Simeon Rice, Kevin Hardy and guys like that. That's what it's all about."

The former UI receiving star continues to support his alma mater.

"I'm definitely still loyal; I come back all the time. I came back for the spring game. They've had a couple coaches clinics where I've come back and met a lot of the coaches."

Dulick feels the new staff led by Tim Beckman is going to be successful at Illinois.

"I think they're going in the right direction as a coaching staff. They do a good job recruiting and with the guys. I'm excited to see what they do this year."


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