Illinois officially announces hiring of new special teams coordinator and TEs coach for 2023
Illinois has a new piece for Bret Bielema’s coaching staff heading into the 2023 season.
On Tuesday, the Illini officially introduced Robby Discher as the new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach under Bielema. Discher joins the program after leading special teams at Tulane in 2022.
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Prior to Tulane, Discher served as a special teams quality control piece of Kirby Smart’s Georgia staff. He also has stops at Toledo, Louisiana and Oklahoma State.
The hiring of Discher comes after Bielema confirmed the future plans for assistant coach Ben Miller. After coming to Champaign as the special teams coordinator and TEs coach in 2021, Miller missed 2022 on health-related leave after a colon cancer diagnosis.
Bielema recently announced Miller would transition to an off-the-field role within the program, and Discher now steps into the on-field role for 2023. Per Illinois’ staff directory, Miller’s new position is listed as head coach analyst.