Illinois announces new key defensive coaching staff hire with B1G experience
New Illinois head coach Brett Bielema has been quite the busy man over the last week.
After hiring Terrance Jamison to be the school’s defensive line coach on Sunday, he has now hired Andy Buh to be the team’s linebackers coach:
Welcome to the #Illini, linebackers coach Andy Buh!
— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) January 11, 2021
They both were at Wisconsin in 2012 when the Badgers won the Big Ten Championship. Buh has also been a coach at the collegiate level for 23 years going into next season.
In a press release on the Illinois official website, Bielema talked about hiring Buh and said:
“It is great to bring Andy Buh and all his experience back to the Big Ten here at the University of Illinois where he will work with our linebackers as well as our special teams,” Bielema said. “He has been a part of several Big Ten programs as a successful defensive coordinator as well as linebacker coach. Andy has shown to me the ability to affect young men in a positive way to help them understand the game of football as well as the game of life.”
Buh then had some thoughts on his own as he’s pretty thankful for the opportunity:
“I want to thank Coach Bielema, Ryan Walters, and the entire Illini football program for this tremendous opportunity,” said Buh. “We, as a family, are excited to reunite with Coach Bielema and return to Big Ten country. Coach is one of the best I have worked with during my career and I can’t wait to reconnect. Kelly, our boys and I look forward to starting the next chapter in our lives as Illini. I-L-L!”
Before coming to Illinois, Buh was at Arizona this past season as their outside linebackers coach. He’s also spent time at Rutgers and at Maryland in the Big Ten.