Seamonson Completes Football Staff

With only a week left before spring drills kick off, Illinois has completed it's football staff for the 2013 season.

With only a week left before spring drills start, Illinois has completed it's football staff for the 2013 season.

The hiring of outside linebackers coach Al Seamonson was announced Tuesday, the fifth new staff member hired by head coach Tim Beckman since the conclusion of the 2012 campaign. Seamonson replaces cornerbacks coach Steve Clinkscale, who left earlier this month.

"Al Seamonson brings more outstanding football experience to our coaching staff," Beckman said. "He has worked with some excellent coaches and terrific players during his career. Al is a Big Ten guy at heart, having grown up in Wisconsin and playing football in the conference. He has a great work ethic and has a reputation as an excellent recruiter."

The defensive staff will shift responsibilities for the 2013 season to adjust to the new assistants on board.

Coordinator Tim Banks, who oversaw the safeties last season, will coach the entire defensive backfield, Mike Ward the inside linebackers, newly hired Greg Colby the defensive line and Seamonson the outside linebackers, which includes the positions labeled "Leo" and "Star."

Seamonson has nearly 30 years of experience, including stints at Central Florida, Maryland, Bowling Green, The Citadel, Army and Wisconsin.

A 1982 graduate of Wisconsin, he was a two-year letterwinner at wide receiver.

He began his coaching career in Madison, starting first as a volunteer instructing the wideouts and then moving to the defensive side of the ball, where he spent part of the next three decades as coach.

The connection to Beckman was forged in 2000 when the two coached together at Bowling Green. Banks and Ward were also on staff.

It was a busy offseason for Beckman, who hired five new staff members after the Fighting Illini finished 2-10 in 2012.

Seamonson joins wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy, offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, offensive line coach Jim Bridge and Colby as new additions.

Illinois will begin spring practice March 5, with the annual Spring Game scheduled for April 12.

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