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OLB Coach Bret Bielema named Illinois head coach; Kevin Sherrer to assume duties


Outside linebackers coach Bret Bielema has left the Giants coaching staff and has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Illinois.

Kevin Sherrer, the team's inside linebackers coach, will assume Bielema's responsibilities and will be assisted by defensive assistant Jody Wright.

"We always want to be supportive of our coaches and players in terms of advancing their careers," said head coach Joe Judge. "We appreciate everything Bret did for this organization and our coaching staff. He did he a great job with our outside linebackers and made a significant impact on our overall defensive effort. Bret is a great teacher, and he brings great perspective on how he sees the game. We wish him all the best at the University of Illinois. The Illini program is in great hands."

Bielema joined the Giants after two seasons with the New England Patriots, where he first served as the consultant to head coach Bill Belichick and last year as the team's defensive line coach.

Prior to joining the Patriots, Bielema spent 24 seasons as a collegiate coach and compiled a 12-year record of 97-58 (.626) as a head coach at Wisconsin and Arkansas.

Bielema was the head coach at the University of Arkansas from 2013-17. Bielema led the Razorbacks to three consecutive bowl games, including victories against Texas in 2014 and Kansas State in 2015.

From 2006-12 Bielema was the head coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to three Big Ten championships (2010-12), six consecutive bowl games and a 68-24 record (.739).

Bielema spent the 2004-05 seasons at Wisconsin as a defensive coordinator. He joined the Badgers after spending the 2002-03 seasons at Kansas State as a co-defensive coordinator.

Bielema got his start in coaching at the University of Iowa, his alma mater, first as a graduate assistant from 1994-95 before being promoted to linebackers coach for the 1996-2001 seasons.



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