Tim Beckman, Head Coach of the Fighting Illini of Illinois announced that he was adding Mike Phair to his staff. Phair, a longtime NFL defensive assistant with experience working with some of the best NFL organizations (Seattle, Chicago and Tampa Bay) will serve as the team’s new Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach.
“I am extremely pleased to add someone of Coach Phair’s caliber to our coaching staff. He is established as one of the rising defensive line coaches in the profession and is greatly prepared to take on the role as our co-defensive coordinator. His work with Lovie Smith, Coach Trestman and Rod Marinelli has provided an incredible amount of experience. Mike has worked with some outstanding defensive linemen during his career, and we are really looking forward to what he brings to the table.”
Phair began his playing career with Mesa Community College (1988-89), where was an all-conference linebacker.
— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) February 13, 2015