<
>

Ward, Golesh join Illinois football staff

Illinois announced Mike Ward and Alex Golesh have been added to Tim Beckman's football staff on Tuesday.

Golesh will be Illinois' recruiting coordinator, and their position responsibilities will be announced at a later date. Both were on Beckman's staff at Toledo.

"I am very pleased to have Mike Ward and Alex Golesh join our Fighting Illini football staff," Beckman said in a statement. "Mike and Alex have both been very productive members of my staff at Toledo, and I know they'll be a great addition here at Illinois. Coach Ward and I began working together at Bowling Green and I first began working with coach Golesh when he was a student assistant at Ohio State and then later as a graduate assistant Oklahoma State before he joined our staff at Toledo. Both men are tireless recruiters and will begin working here immediately."

Ward was Toledo's assistant coach and co-defensive coordinator for the last three seasons. Golesh was Toledo's tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for the last three years.