Zook Hires Warinner as Assistant Coach

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —University of Illinois head football coach Ron Zook announced the hiring of Ed Warinner as an assistant coach for the Illini football staff. Warinner comes to Illinois after two seasons at the University of Kansas and over 20 years of experience in college football.

"I am very excited about having Ed Warinner join our staff," Zook said. "Ed brings a tremendous amount of experience to the program. He has been an offensive coordinator and is very knowledgeable of the offensive style we will run. His hire gives us a huge advantage on the offensive side."

Warinner (pronounced Warner), in just his first season as the Jayhawks' offensive line and run-game coach, tutored center Joe Vaughn to Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors. In 2003, KU improved its rushing average by nearly 40 yards, increased its scoring average by 10 points per game and allowed 14 fewer sacks than the previous season. Warinner went to KU after three seasons at the Air Force Academy as offensive line coach. During those three seasons, the Falcon offense ranked in the top-3 nationally in rushing yards, including the NCAA rushing title in 2002 with 307.8 yards per game.

Prior to his stint at the Air Force Academy, Warinner spent 13 seasons at Army, including time as the Black Knights' offensive coordinator from 1998-99. Army led the nation in rushing three times during those 13 years, in 1993 with a 298.5 average, again in 1996 with a stellar 346.5 yards on the ground per contest and finally in 1998, his first year as coordinator with 293.8 yards. Warinner and Illini offensive coordinator Mike Locksley spent one season together at Army in 1996.

Warinner is a 1984 graduate of Mount Union College and received his master's degree from Akron in 1985. He played both football and baseball at Mount Union, earning four letters in football after leading the school in rushing, scoring and receiving as a senior in 1983. Warinner and his wife, Mary Beth, have three children, Madisyn, Merideth and Edward.

University of Illinois press release.

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