Illinois QB to begin coaching career following ReliaQuest Bowl: 'This is what I want to do the rest of my life'
Illinois will be playing Mississippi State in the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2. There will be someone on the team that will be stepping into a brand new role afterwards.
Artur Sitkowksi is planning on becoming a student assistant for Illinois immediately after the final whistle sounds. This all started a couple of seasons ago while he was at Rutgers. Sitkowski knew that he wanted to coach football for the rest of his life following a summer meeting while playing for the Scarlet Knights.
“I remember sitting in that chair and being like, ’OK, this is what I want to do the rest of my life. I’m young. I’m 22. There’s a long way to go to get to a certain point and I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work. At that moment I’m like, ‘All right, I’m going to coach football.’ I love this game and I love the impact you can have on someone’s life. The people who have had an impact on my life through this game have made me the person I am today. I want to have that same impact on someone and the people I meet in this profession.”
It looks like Sitkowski knows what he wants to do after college. Kickoff from the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2 will be at noon ET on ESPN2.