Jonathan Brown has a new position coach - Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE
It appears that our coaching staff may finally be complete.
Barring an unforeseen departure -- and given how things have gone this offseason, that's not something to take for granted -- it appears that the Illinois football coaching carousel has finally stopped spinning.
According to CoachingSearch.com Al Seamonson has joined the Illinois staff and will be coaching the outside linebackers. Which I assume means that Mike Ward will be coaching the inside linebackers.
Seamonson did not coach last season but spent 2011 coaching the linebackers at UCF. Before that he spent ten seasons at Maryland coaching linebackers and special teams under Ralph Friedgen. Previous stops before joining Maryland's staff in 2001 were with Wisconsin -- he graduated from Wisconsin in 1982 -- Army, The Citadel and Bowling Green.
Seamonson is another coach on the staff with ties to the mid-Atlantic region joining new offensive line coach Jim Bridge. While I don't know much about his recruiting ability, it's nice to have two coaches on the staff with ties in an area that's become a fertile recruiting ground.
And Seamonson's hire isn't the only news.
He was brought on to coach outside linebackers, but that doesn't fill the hole at defensive backs coach left by Steve Clinkscale leaving for Cincinnati. Well, according to the same report, defensive coordinator Tim Banks will also be coaching defensive backs next season.
Which means that every single coaching position on the staff is currently filled. For now.