Greg Colby is in his second stint on the Fighting Illini coaching staff, returning to Illini in 2013 to coach the defensive line after previously serving as an assistant at Illinois from 1988-95. Colby came to Illinois following a five-year stint as head coach at Millersville University, an NCAA Division II institution located in Millersville, Pa. He played both football and baseball for the Illini from 1970-74.
From 1988-95, Colby was assistant coach for outside linebackers and special teams at Illinois, helping the Fighting Illini to a Big Ten Championship in 1989 and six bowl appearances in seven years.
As a student-athlete at Illinois, Colby was a three-year starter for both the Fighting Illini football and baseball teams, serving as captain of the baseball squad as a senior in 1974. He is a native of Danville, Ill., and graduated from Danville High School in 1970, where he was an all-state team captain for the football and baseball teams during his senior year.
Other stops during his collegiate career include Michigan State from 1995-97 under Nick Saban, where he served as defensive line, outside linebackers and co-special teams coordinator and helped the Spartans to three bowl appearances. Colby was defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and defensive line coach at Kent State from 1998-2001 under current Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator Dean Pees. From 2002-07, Colby served as Northwestern's defensive coordinator under Randy Walker and Pat Fitzgerald, helping the Wildcats to two bowl games.
Colby's Coaching Career
|2013-||University of Illinois||Defensive Line|
|2008-12||Millersville University||Head Coach|
|2002-07||Northwestern University||Defensive Coordinator|
|1998-2001||Kent State University||Defensive Coordinator (DL, LB)|
|1995-97||Michigan State University||Assistant Coach (DL, ILB, ST)|
|1988-95||University of Illinois||Assistant Coach (OLB, DE, ST)|
|1986-88||Michigan State University||Graduate Assistant Coach (DL)|
|1982-86||Naperville (Ill.) High School||Head Coach|
|1979-82||Danville Schlarman (Ill.) High School||Head Coach|
|1978-80||University of Illinois||Assistant Baseball Coach|
|1977-78||University of Illinois||Graduate Assistant Football Coach|
|1975-77||Marshall (Ill.) High School||Defensive Coordinator|
|1975||University of Illinois||Assistant Baseball Coach|
|1974-75||University of Illinois||Graduate Assistant Football Coach|