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Al Seamonson
Al Seamonson

Position:
Outside Linebackers

Experience:
Second season - 2014

Alma Mater:
Wisconsin, 1982

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Al Seamonson is in his second season as the outside linebackers coach at Illinois. He was hired in February 2013 following coaching stints at Central Florida, Maryland, Bowling Green State, The Citadel, Army and Wisconsin. Seamonson, who spent the 2011 coaching linebackers at UCF, works with the "LEO" and "Star" positions at Illinois.

Seamonson helped LEO Houston Bates earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in 2013 after ranking ninth in the conference in TFLs per game (1.0) and standing second on the team with 12.0 TFLs on the season.

In 2010, Seamonson helped Maryland go 9-4 and conclude the season with a No. 23 national ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 and a victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl. He spent his first eight years in College Park working with the Terrapin outside linebackers before taking over as the coach for all linebackers in 2009. He served as a special teams assistant throughout his time under Ralph Friedgen and also was the Terps' defensive coordinator for the end of the 2008 season.

A 1982 graduate of Wisconsin and a two-year letterwinner at wide receiver, Seamonson got his start in coaching in Madison. In 1982, he served as a volunteer coach for Wisconsin's wide receivers. The next two years, he was a graduate assistant working with the secondary.

Seamonson's first stop after leaving Wisconsin was at the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in West Point for the 1985 and '86 seasons, helping the Cadets to a 31-29 Peach Bowl victory over Illinois in 1985. From Army, he moved to The Citadel, where he helped coach five linebackers to All-Southern Conference honors and one (J.J. Davis) to an appearance in the Senior Bowl. The highlight of his tenure was in 1992 when the Bulldogs led Division I-AA in scoring defense, yielding just 13.0 points per contest en route to a Southern Conference championship and their third berth in the I-AA playoffs in five years.

In 2000, Seamonson coached at Bowling Green State under Gary Blackney and along with Tim Beckman, Tim Banks and Mike Ward, helping the Falcons rank fourth in the MAC in rushing defense and total defense. He then spent 10 years at Maryland, working mostly with strong-side linebackers and the LEOs (linebacker/end option). Seamonson had a hand in grooming most of the six Terrapin linebackers who went on to NFL careers, including All-Pro Shawne Merriman. In 2003, Maryland finished sixth in the nation in scoring defense and 15th in total defense. In 2011, he was on the staff at Central Florida with current Illini running backs coach and special teams coordinator Tim Salem.

A native of Stoughton, Wis., Seamonson was a wide receiver at Stoughton High School and was a captain for the all-state shrine team in 1977. He and his wife, Kristi, have three children: Kylen, Kalvin and Karter.

Seamonson Year-by-Year
YearsSchoolPosition
2013- Illinois Outside Linebackers
2011 Central Florida Linebackers
2009-10 Maryland Linebackers/Special Teams
2001-08 Maryland Outside Linebackers/Special Teams
2000 Bowling Green Linebackers/Special Teams
1987-99 The Citadel Special Teams/Linebackers/Wide Receivers
1985-86 Army Linebackers
1983-84 Wisconsin Graduate Assistant/Defensive Backs
1982 Wisconsin Volunteer Wide Receivers

Bowl Experience
2010 Military Bowl
2008 Humanitarian Bowl
2007 Emerald Bowl
2006 Champs Sports Bowl
2004 Gator Bowl
2002 Peach Bowl
2002 Orange Bowl
1985 Peach Bowl
1984 Hall of Fame Bowl
1982 Independence Bowl

Playing Experience
Wisconsin, 1978-81

Education
B.S., physical education/coaching K-12 - Wisconsin, 1982

Personal Information
Family: Wife: Kristi; Daughter: Kylen; Sons: Kalvin, Karter

Updated July 2014

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