Bret Bielema reunites with former Wisconsin assistant at Illinois, snags coach off of Purdue staff
New Illinois head coach Brett Bielema has made another addition to his coaching staff, and this time it’s someone he’s been with before.
Bielema has hired Terrance Jamison as his new defensive line coach, a position he previously held at Purdue in 2020:
Welcome, Coach Jamison!
— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) January 10, 2021
Jamison played for Wisconsin as a defensive lineman from 2005-2007 while Bielema was the head coach there. After that, he was a graduate assistant, student assistant, and a quality control assistant at Wisconsin.
In the press release, Bielema released a statement on the hire :
“It is an absolute pleasure to name Terrance Jamison as our defensive line coach here at the University of Illinois,” Bielema said. “Terrance is a former player of mine who has developed as a student coach, to a graduate assistant and to coach defensive lines across the country in Division One football. He is a native of the state of Illinois and will be a great addition to our recruiting effort as well as the development of our student-athletes on the football field to help us win championships here at the University of Illinois. He and his family will be a great addition to the Champaign-Urbana community and can’t wait to get things started.”
Jamison then had a statement of his own thanking Bielema for hiring him:
“Coach Bielema’s leadership laid the foundation of my coaching career,” Jamison said. “I would not be the coach I am today without that. This is a tremendous opportunity to grow and serve at one of the finest institutions in the country. My family and I are thankful and excited to be back home. We know that champions dwell here. I-L-L!”
Jamison’s loss now will have the Boilermakers searching for a defensive line coach, in addition to a defensive coordinator and a defensive back’s coach. Purdue’s defense was underwhelming in 2020, but Jeff Brohm likely didn’t want to overhaul quite that many positions on the defensive side of the ball.
Jamison joins new TEs coach Ben Miller who was also announced by Illinois on Sunday.