Source: Illini hiring Scheelhaase

Source: Illini hiring Scheelhaase

CHAMPAIGN — Nathan Scheelhaase is coming home.

The record-settting Illinois quarterback has been hired as the school's assistant director of football operations, a source close to the program told The News-Gazette.

An official announcement is expected later today and Scheelhaase will be on the job later this week.

Scheelhaase is currently working in youth ministry in Louisville, Ky.

He was offered the same job a year ago, but turned it down. Juice Williams was hired instead.

Williams recently left the program for a job at Georgetown, where his wife is becoming a law professor.

The position was held previously by Mike Bellamy, who became a full-time assistant coach.

Matt Sinclair later had the job before his arrest on gun charges forced him to resign.

Scheelhaase came to Illinois after a standout high school career at Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst. He joined Ron Zook's team in 2009, redshirting his first season.

Scheelhaase led the Illini to consecutive bowl wins in 2010 and 2011, the first time that happened in school history.

After an injury-plagued junior season in 2012, Scheelhaase thrived under Bill Cubit's direction in 2013.
He gained 10,634 during his Illini career, passing Williams during his final season.