Dan Roushar enters his second year with the Fighting Illini and this season has a new title of offensive cooridnator. Roushar will continue to handle running back coaching duties as well as additional organizational responsiblities with the offense. He comes to Illinois after spending six years as offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois University.
In 2003, he tutored a trio of true-freshman tailbacks, starting each of the three throughout the season. E.B. Halsey became the first running back in school history to top the 100-yard mark in his first collegiate game when he rushed for 139 yards against Missouri and led the team in yardage. He was followed by Pierre Thomas with 233 and Marcus Mason with 214.
Roushar has the daunting task of carrying on a running back tradition, which includes three tailbacks during the Turner era, who rank in the school's all-time Top-5. Robert Holcombe (1994-97) is Illinois' leader, followed by the single-season rushing leader and second in career yards, Antoineo Harris (1999-2002) and ranked fifth is Rocky Harvey (1998-2001).
Roushar led the Huskies, offense to new heights during his years, as it set a school record for total yards in 2000, ranked 12th nationally in rushing offense with 228.1 yards per game and set team rushing records in 2002 with 2,409 yards. NIU had four 1,000-yard rushers in the past four season under Roushar: William Andrews in 1999 (1,127 yards), Thomas Hammock in 2000-01 (1,083 and 1,096), and Michael Turner, the nation's second-leading rusher in 2002, with 1,915 yards.
Last season began Roushar's second stint with the Illini. Prior to his time at NIU, Roushar coached quarterbacks in 1995, and offensive tackles and tight ends in 1996 under Lou Tepper.
Roushar began his career with a six-year tenure at Butler, where he coached running backs for three years before being promoted to offensive coordinator, a position he held for three years. During his time at Butler, the Bulldogs compiled a 42-17-4 record, winning five conference titles and making two Division II playoff appearances.
Roushar then coached at Rhode Island in 1993, where he worked on the opposite side of the ball from Illinois defensive coordinator coach Mike Mallory. He moved on to serve as offensive coordinator at Ball State in 1994, Roushar's offense at BSU featured 1,000-yard rusher Tony Nibbs (1,210) and threw a school-record 18 touchdown passes.
Roushar is a 1985 graduate of Northern Illinois, with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. He was a two-time letterwinner under Hall of Fame coach Bill Mallory. Roushar is married to the former Patti Cahill of Sutton, Mass., and the couple has three daughters Marissa, Mallory and Maura.
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