CHAMPAIGN — A familiar face is returning to the Illinois football staff.
Former Illini player and coach Greg Colby, who worked for John Mackovic and Lou Tepper from 1988 to ’95, will join Tim Beckman’s staff. Illinois officials can’t comment on the hire until it receives university approval, which is expected to happen Monday.
Colby has spent the past five years as head coach at Division II Millersville (Pa.). His teams went 11-44.
Colby will replace Keith Gilmore, who left to join Vic Koenning and Dan Disch on the defensive staff at North Carolina.
A Danville High School graduate, Colby was a three-year starter in football and baseball at Illinois. Colby later coached Schlarman to a pair of state football championships.
During his earlier tenure at Illinois, Colby coached outside linebackers and special teams. He worked for Nick Saban at Michigan State and was Northwestern’s defensive coordinator before taking over at Millersville.
Illinois has one remaining position on its staff, the opening created when Billy Gonzales left the program.
Future Illini named All-Americans. Two future members of the Illinois volleyball team were named 2012 high school All-Americans by Prepvolleyball.com.
Sophomore outside hitter Beth Prince of Avon, Ind., and senior outside hitter Michelle Strizak of Cincinnati are among 150 players who earned the honor. Prince was a repeat selection.
Several other Illini signees or commitments also were recognized by the website. Senior middle blocker Katie Stadick of Watertown, Wis., and sophomore setter Jordyn Poulter of Aurora, Colo., made the Highest Honorable Mention list. Senior outside hitter Katie Roustio of O’Fallon was a Special Mention choice.