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Gilhammer officially joins Illini football staff

With three former players expected to be selected in the first or second round of the NFL Draft, Illinois needed an infusion of NFL-caliber talent.

While his roster still has questions, Illini coach Ron Zook added an NFL-tested coach to his staff.

Zook officially announced the hiring of Mike Gillhamer, who has spent 11 years in the NFL including the last seven with the Carolina Panthers,  as the defensive backs coach. Gillhamer fills the position vacated by Dan Disch, who earlier this month took the job as the Southern Mississippi defensive coordinator.

“Mike is very detail-oriented, a great teacher, an excellent recruiter and understands defenses and the techniques required to be successful in the secondary,” Zook said in a statement. “Being able to find a coach with Mike’s NFL and collegiate background is a tremendous statement about how the Illinois football program is perceived by other coaching professionals.”

Gillhamer, who has 21 years of collegiate coaching experience, was defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Louisville in 2003, coaching on the same staff as Illini offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. Gillhamer also coached the secondary at Oregon from 2001-02 and spent the four years prior with the New York Giants.

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