Matt Sinclair is in his first season at Illinois as the assistant director of player personnel and relations, returning to his alma mater after spending the last four years as co-defensive coordinator, linebackers, and special teams coach at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Ill.
In his new position, Sinclair will coordinate all former player events, assist with on-campus recruiting and recruiting mailings, help coordinate the annual Illinois high school coaching clinic and coordinate all functions with Block I, fraternities and sororities.
A native of St. Louis, Sinclair played linebacker for the Illini from 2001-04. He was a contributor to the 2001 Big Ten Championship and Sugar Bowl team as a true freshmen before becoming a starter for the Fighting Illini in his final three seasons. He led the team and ranked third in the Big Ten with 129 tackles in 2003, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
As a senior captain in 2004, he again led the Illini in tackles with 87, including eight TFLs and four sacks. For his career, Sinclair racked up 278 tackles, 18 TFLs, 10 sacks and nine QB hurries. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Illinois in 2005.
After college, Sinclair spent five years playing professionally in the NFL and NFL Europe, including stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, as well as the Frankfurt Galaxy. He has spent the last four years at Wheaton Warrenville South H.S., where he helped lead the Tigers to two IHSA Class 7A state titles (2009 and 2010) and a runner-up finish (2011), and helped produce five Division I players, including current Illini quarterback Reilly O'Toole.
Sinclair and his wife, Jacqueline, also a 2005 Illinois graduate, have one daughter, Charlotte, and one son, Sean.
updated July 2013