Football


Bill Cubit
Bill Cubit

Position:
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks

Experience:
Second season - 2014

Alma Mater:
Delaware, 1975

12/18/2013

Cubit Contract Extended Through 2015 Season

Offensive coordinator sparked dramatic improvement in first season

09/26/2013

Illini Offense Makes Dramatic Turnaround under Cubit

Illinois has gone from averaging 16.7 points per game in 2012 to 37.0 so far in 2013

04/11/2013

Orange and Blue Spring Game Notes & Links

Illini to Scrimmage Under the Lights Friday Night on BTN

03/09/2013

A.J. Ricker Hired as Offensive Line Coach

Former Western Michigan O-Line Coach Was on Cubit's Staff

02/20/2013

Mike Bellamy Promoted to Wide Receivers Coach

Fighting Illini Great was Assistant Director for Player Personnel and Relations in 2012

11/30/2013

Illinois vs. Northwestern (November 30, 2013)

Illinois vs. Northwestern (November 30, 2013)

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Bill Cubit is in his second season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Illinois in 2014. He was hired in January 2013 following an eight-year stint as head coach at Western Michigan. Cubit led WMU to a 51-47 overall record and three bowls during his tenure in Kalamazoo.

Cubit guided the Illini offense to a dramatic improvement in his first year, as Illinois jumped at least 50 spots in the national rankings from 2012 to 2013 in first downs, passing offense, long scrimmage plays, total offense, passing efficiency and scoring offense, with the biggest turnaround an 95-place leap in first downs per game. His 2013 unit ranked third in school history in passing yards per game (287.7) and fourth in total yards per game (426.7) and points per game (29.7). Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase posted the third-most yards of total offense in a season in school history under Cubit in 2013 and broke the school record for completion percentage.

Cubit's 2011 Western Michigan squad set records for points (459), touchdowns (58), pass attempts (554), completions (369), passing yards (4,385), total yards (5,960), offensive plays (945), first downs (320), passing first downs (204), kick returns (63), kick return yardage (1,409) and total return yards (1,658). In 2010, two of his receivers (Juan Nunez and Jordan White) topped 1,000 yards in receiving, before White earned consensus All-America honors in 2011 while leading the nation in receiving yards and receptions.

Cubit brings 33 years of coaching experience, including 17 years as a head coach on the collegiate and high school level. He also has spent eight years as an offensive coordinator at five NCAA Division I schools working the sidelines in five of the nation's premier conferences (Big East, Big 12, Mid-American, PAC-10 and Southeastern).

Prior to returning to Western Michigan as head coach in 2004, Cubit served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Stanford in 2003, directing a Cardinal offense that ranked 28th in NCAA passing (247.3 yards per game). Prior to his time at Stanford, Cubit served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rutgers (2001-02) and at Missouri in 2000.

In his first stint at WMU from 1997-99, Cubit oversaw an offense that ranked in the NCAA Top 25 in passing offense, scoring offense and total offense in back-to-back seasons. In 1998, the Broncos were the nation's 20th-highest scoring team with an average of 32.7 points per game, and were 20th in the nation in 1999 with an average of 31.1 points per game. His quarterback during that period was Tim Lester, who finished fifth in NCAA career passing yards (11,299) and seventh in career touchdown passes (87).

Cubit's head coaching experience includes five seasons (1992-96) at Division III Widener University in Philadelphia, Pa. He led the Pioneers to a 34-18-1 mark, two Middle American Conference championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances while twice being named conference coach of the year.

Other collegiate stops for Cubit include two years (1990-91) as running backs coach at Akron, a season (1989) as quarterbacks coach at Florida, three seasons as assistant head coach (1985) and the secondary coach (1983-85) at Central Florida and two years (1975-76) coaching running backs and receivers at Swarthmore College. As a high school coach, Cubit compiled a nine-year record of 79-15-2 at three different programs - Martin County (Fla.), Academy Park (Pa.) and his alma mater, Sharon Hill.

A Sharon Hill, Pa., native, Cubit (59 years old/DOB: 10-14-1953) earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Delaware in 1975. He played quarterback and wide receiver for the Blue Hens (1971-74), earning Associated Press All-America honorable mention in 1974. He also set school records for catches in a game (10) and a season (47), along with receiving yards in a season (787).

In 1981, he earned a master's degree in education from Saint Joseph's University. Cubit and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children: Stacey - who was married on March 3, 2007 - Sheri and Ryan, who is director of football student-athlete development for the Fighting Illini. Cubit also has three grandchildren.

Cubit Year-by-Year
YearsSchoolPosition
2013- Illinois Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2005-12 Western Michigan Head Coach (51-47)
2003-04 Stanford Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2001-02 Rutgers Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2000 Missouri Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
1997-99 Western Michigan Offensive Coordinator
1992-96 Widener Head Coach (34-18-1)
1990-91 Akron Running Backs
1989 Florida Quarterbacks
1985 Central Florida Assistant Head Coach/Secondary
1983-84 Central Florida Secondary
1975-76 Swarthmore College Running Backs/Receivers

Bowl Experience
2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
2008 Texas Bowl
2007 International Bowl
1989 Freedom Bowl
1974 NCAA College Division runner-up
1971 Boardwalk Bowl

Playing Experience
Delaware, 1971-74

Education
B.S., business administration - Delaware, 1975
M.S., education - St. Joseph's, 1981

Personal Information
Hometown:
Sharon Hill, Pa.
Family: Wife: Nancy; Daughters: Stacey, Sheri; Son: Ryan

Updated July 2014

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