Illinois hires Okruch as defensive coordinator

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois hired Louisiana-Monroe
linebackers coach Vince Okruch as defensive coordinator on

Okruch has nearly 30 years experience as a college coach, which
includes stints at Colorado, Minnesota and Northwestern. He comes
to Illinois after one season at Louisiana-Monroe.

"He has had success at the highest level of college football
and that winning attitude will be a great advantage as we move
forward with the progress of this program," head coach Ron Zook

Okruch replaces Mike Mallory, fired by Zook in January.

The Illini ranked 115th out of 117 teams in the NCAA in yards
(470) and points (39.5) allowed per game last season. They gave up
30 points or more to all but one opponent and went 2-9.