Illinois football coach Bill Cubit will hire Western Michigan linebackers coach Tim McGarigle to complete his revamped staff, sources confirmed. The News-Gazette first reported the news.
McGarigle spent the last four seasons at WMU, one under Cubit and three under WMU coach P.J. Fleck, Cubit's successor in Kalamazoo. McGarigle served as linebackers coach in all four seasons at WMU and also had the title of "run game coordinator" the last two seasons.
McGarigle is a familiar name in the Big Ten. The 2006 Northwestern graduate set the NCAA career record with 545 tackles -- a record that still stands today. McGarigle, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft and played three seasons in the NFL, takes over as linebackers coach for Mike Ward, an original staffer under dismissed coach Tim Beckman who was not retained. He was a graduate assistant on the Northwestern staff in 2011 before joining Cubit at Western Michigan.
The Chicago native mostly recruited the Chicagoland area for Western Michigan.
After receiving a two-year contract extension following a 5-7 record as interim coach, Cubit has shaken up his staff -- adding four new assistants.
After two seasons at Missouri, A.J. Ricker rejoined the Illini staff and replaced Tom Brattan as offensive line coach. Former Michigan staffer and Illinois quarterback Jeff Hecklinski was hired as tight ends coach to replace Alex Golesh, who left to join first-year Iowa State coach Matt Campbell.
The Illini are expected to hire Miami defensive backs coach Paul Williams, who coached two seasons under Cubit at WMU in 2005-06, as secondary coach to replace the staff position vacated by former defensive coordinator Tim Banks, who left the program to pursue other opportunities. Co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Mike Phair was elevated to defensive coordinator and given full control of the defense.
Illinois coaching staff
Head coach - Bill Cubit
Offensive coordinator/QBs coach - Ryan Cubit
Defensive coordinator/DL coach - Mike Phair
RBs coach - Nathan Scheelhaase
WRs coach - Mike Bellamy
TEs coach/Special Teams coordinator - Jeff Hecklinski
OL coach - A.J. Ricker
ILBs coach - TIm McGarigle
OLBs coach - Al Seamonson
DBs coach - Paul Williams