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Joe Gilbert

Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line


Hometown: Horseheads, NY
Birthday: January 22
Family: Wife: Cheryl
Sons: Nicholas, Joseph, Timothy
Daughter: Madison
Education: B.S., Political Science, Hamilton College, 1987
Playing Experience: 4-year starter at Hamilton College and Division III All-American, 1983-86
Bowl Games: 2008 Armed Forces Bowl; 2005 Hawaii Bowl; 2002 Motor City Bowl; 2001 Motor City Bowl


Favorite Hobby: Playing with my children and playing golf
Favorite Place to Visit: Seneca Lake in Watkins Glenn, NY / Nantucket, MA
Favorite Song or Artist: Rock & Roll and Country
Favorite Professional Football Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite Thing About Football: It's the greatest team sport in the world. The game teaches young men so much about life and they have no idea how powerful it is. I love coaching the offensive line because of the technique side of the game and seeing the improvement of the players.
Favorite Thing About Champaign-Urbana: It's a great family environment with a big time atmosphere. You know the Illini is important to the community and so is winning. It's a great college atmosphere.
Favorite Quote: "Treat people the way you would like to be treated." "Volume equals confidence."
Biggest Motivation: Failure and wanting to be the best at my position.


2009-Present: University of Illinois (assistant head coach / offensive line)
2008: University of Houston (offensive line)
2007: University of Toledo (tight ends)
2004-06: University of Central Florida (offensive line)
2001-03: University of Toledo (offensive line)
2000: Mansfield University (head coach)
1996-99: University of Maine (offensive line / offensive coordinator)
1994-95: University of Maine (offensive line / recruiting coordinator)
1991-93: Northeastern University (offensive line / recruiting coordinator)
1989-90: University of Pennsylvania (asstant offensive line / tight ends / recruiting coordinator)
1987-88: University of Albany (graduate assistant)

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