MADISON – With a mix of NFL and college coaching experience, Ted Gilmore was evidently the right man to turn around a wide receiver group struggling to make a consistent impact.
Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst announced Monday Gilmore has been hired as the Badgers’ wide receivers coach. Gilmore comes to Madison after spending the last three seasons coaching wide receivers for the Oakland Raiders.
Gilmore, 47, coached in college for 18 years before spending the past three seasons in charge of Oakland’s wide receivers. He coached the position at USC in 2011 and prior to that served in the same capacity for six seasons at Nebraska. He also added recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach responsibilities in Lincoln.
During his one season at USC, Gilmore was named 2011 FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year. He helped mold one of the top receiving corps in the country, led by 2011 Biletnikoff finalist Robert Woods and 2011 Freshman All-American Marqise Lee.
Gilmore also coached wide receivers at Colorado (2003-04), Purdue (2001-02) and Houston (2000). He was tight ends coach at Kansas in 1999 and coached wide receivers at his alma mater, Wyoming, the previous two seasons.
In 2003, while at Colorado, Gilmore coached D.J. Hackett, who set the Buffaloes’ single-season receptions record (78), earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and was drafted in the fifth round by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. At Purdue, Gilmore mentored future NFL players Taylor Stubblefield and John Standeford. Stubblefield went on to become a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2004 while setting the NCAA career receptions record with 316.
The Wichita, Kan., native got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Wyoming from 1994-96. After two years at a junior college, he played wide receiver for the Cowboys from 1988-89.
Gilmore has ties to Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph.During Gilmore’s last season playing at Wyoming in 1989, Chryst’s brother, Geep, was the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach (he is now offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers). Gilmore and Rudolph also worked together at Nebraska in 2007 when Rudolph was tight ends coach.
After two years at a junior college, Gilmore played wide receiver at Wyoming from 1988-89. He caught 40 passes for a team-best 594 yards and three touchdowns as a junior to help the Cowboys to the 1988 Holiday Bowl and he added 32 receptions for 445 yards and two TDs as a senior to earn All-WAC second team honors.Chryst has one spot remaining on his assistant coaching staff after running back coach Thomas Brown was hired at the same position at Georgia Monday.