Illinois football adds offensive coordinator to Zook’s first group of hires

By Courtney Linehan

Ron Zook announced Monday the hiring of Ed Warinner to the Illini football coaching staff.

Warinner comes to Illinois from Kansas, where he spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as offensive line and run-game coach.

“He has been an offensive coordinator and is very knowledgeable of the offensive style we will run,” Zook said in a press release. “His hire gives us a huge advantage on the offensive side.”

Warinner, who has 20 years experience as a college coach, spent three years as the Air Force offensive line coach and 11 seasons at Army.

Warinner also has Big Ten experience, having been the linebackers and defensive backs coach at Michigan State from 1985 to 1986.

Warinner worked with Illini offensive coordinator Mike Locksley at Army during the 1996 season.

A 1984 graduate of Mount Union College, Warinner received his masters in 1985 from Akron, where he coached running backs in 1984.

“I am very excited about having Ed Warinner join our staff,” Zook said.