CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman added three coaches to his first staff on Tuesday, announcing the hiring of Chris Beatty, Luke Butkus and Jon Tenuta. The trio brings 44 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels, including 17 years as coordinators. The trio joins Keith Gilmore, Alex Golesh and Mike Ward on Beckman's staff, meaning three coaching spots remain to be filled.
"I am pleased to announce the additions of Chris Beatty, Luke Butkus and Jon Tenuta to the Fighting Illini coaching staff," Beckman said. "John is considered one of the top defensive coaches in the nation and has a world of great experience that he will bring to Illinois."
Tenuta, a 31-year veteran of collegiate coaching, comes to Illinois after coaching linebackers at North Carolina State the past two seasons. He helped guide the Wolfpack to a victory in the 2011 Belk Bowl and a win in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, and contributed to an impressive defensive turnaround that keyed N.C. State's six wins in its last eight games. He also mentored 2011 Butkus Award semifinalist Audie Cole and second-team All-ACC selection Terrell Manning.
Prior to his time with the Wolfpack, Tenuta spent two years as assistant head coach and linebackers coach, and served as defensive coordinator in 2009. He was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Georgia Tech from 2002-07, with Tenuta's defense ranking in the top 30 nationally in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense in his last five years in Atlanta.
He was North Carolina's defensive coordinator in 2001, guiding the ACC's top-rated defense and sending Julius Peppers and Ryan Sims to the NFL as two of the first three defensive players selected in the 2002 NFL Draft.
Tenuta was at Ohio State from 1996-2000, coaching the defensive backs for the first four seasons and serving as the defensive coordinator in 2000. He developed numerous Buckeyes into NFL players, including first-round draft picks Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer and Nate Clements. Tenuta also spent time at Oklahoma, SMU, Kansas State, Marshall and Vanderbilt, serving as defensive coordinator at SMU, KSU and Marshall.