For the past six seasons, Harry Hiestand has served as offensive line coach in Ron Turner's system and is entering his fifth as assistant head coach.
During his tenure, Hiestand has produced 10 All-Big Ten selections on the offensive line. Last year, Illinois marched out one of the nation's most balanced offensive attacks thanks in large part to Hiestand's offensive front. Illinois topped 5,300 yards in total offense for the first time in school history and running back Antoineo Harris topped the Illinois single season rushing yardage list with 1,330 yards. Seniors Tony Pashos and Dave Diehl each earned All-Big Ten accolades, and were fifth-round picks in the 2003 NFL Draft.
In 2001, Hiestand tutored a pair of linemen to first team All-Big Ten accolades. Both Jay Kulaga and Pashos were named to the Big Ten's first team by the coaches and media, while senior center Luke Butkus was a second-team selection. Illinois topped the 5,000-yard total offense mark for the first time in school history.
In 2000, Marques Sullivan and Ray Redziniak earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year and Sullivan was named to the Football Writers Association All-America third-team. That season the line allowed only 20 sacks, the 17th lowest in the nation.
In 1999, Hiestand's line led Illinois to the highest scoring offense in school history with 388 points scored in 12 games. The UI offensive line cleared paths for Illini running backs to rush for 2,082 yards and provided quarterback Kurt Kittner the room to throw for 2,702 yards and 24 touchdown passes. Sullivan and Redziniak earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Hiestand joined Ron Turner's staff after a three-year stint as offensive line coach at Missouri. With the Tigers, Hiestand helped UM to a No. 9 national ranking in rushing at 250.7 yards per game in 1996. In that same year, three of Hiestand's offensive lineman garnered All-Big 12 honors. Hiestand came to Missouri after spending five years as offensive line coach at the University of Cincinnati. He served as run game coordinator with the Bearcats in 1992 and offensive coordinator in 1993.
Prior to Cincinnati, Hiestand was an offensive line coach at Toledo (1988), graduate assistant coach at Southern California (1987) and tight ends and assistant line coach at Penn (1986). He began his coaching career at his alma mater, East Stroudsburg University, after an injury ended his playing days. Hiestand has been a part of league championship teams at five of his seven stops, at East Stroudsburg (1982-83), Penn (1986), USC (1987), Cincinnati (1993) and Illinois (2001). He was on the Trojan staff at the 1988 Rose Bowl.
A native of Malvern, Penn., Hiestand played offensive guard for two seasons at Springfield College before spending a season at East Stroudsburg. Hiestand earned his bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from East Stroudburg in 1983. He and his wife, Terri, have three sons, Michael, Matthew and Mark and one daughter, Sarah.
ILLINOIS NFL OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
(coached by Hiestand)
Ryan Schau (1995-98), Houston
J.P. Machado (1995-98), N.Y. Jets
Marques Sullivan (1997-2000), Buffalo
Ray Redziniak (1997-2000), Cleveland
Luke Butkus (1998-2001), San Diego
Dave Diehl (1999-2002), N.Y. Giants
Tony Pashos (1999-2002), Baltimore
THE HIESTAND FILE
Date of Birth: Nov. 19, 1958
Education: B.S., health and physical education, East Stroudsburg University (1983)
Playing Experience: Springfield College (1978- 79); East Stroudsburg University (1980-81)
2000-02 University of Illinois (assistant head coach/offensive line)
1997-99 University of Illinois (offensive line)
1994-96 University of Missouri (offensive line)
1989-93 University of Cincinnati (offensive coordinator/offensive line)
1988-89 University of Toledo (offensive line)
1987-88 Univ. of So. California (graduate asst.)
1986-87 Univ. of Pennsylvania (tight ends)
1983-85 East Stroudsburg (offensive line)
1981-82 East Stroudsburg (student asst)