Ed Warinner
Ed Warinner

Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line

Second Season-2006

Alma Mater:
Mount Union College 1984

The Warinner File
2005- University of Illinois (run-game coordinator, offensive line)
2003-04 Kansas University (run-game coordinator, offensive line)
2000-02 Air Force (offensive line)
1998-99 Army (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
1987-97 Army (offensive line/football operations/defensive line)
1985-86 Michigan State University (linebackers/defensive backs)
1984 Akron (running backs)

"Ed Warinner is a tireless worker and a very good football coach. He really knows the game and really cares for his players. He is a great role model for his players and a great husband and father."

- Fisher DeBerry, Head Coach, Air Force Academy

THE WARINNER FAMILY (pictured above, left to right): Merideth, Mary Beth, Edward, Ed and Madisyn

Ed Warinner, who has 22 years of college football coaching experience, enters his second year with the Illini as run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Warinner's coaching efforts were evident in his stint with Kansas. During his first year, the KU offense improved it's rushing average by nearly 40 total yards per game and by 1.2 yards per rushing attempt. In addition, the Jayhawks scored nearly 10 more points per game while allowing 14 fewer sacks.

Before heading to KU, he spent three seasons at the Air Force Academy. While at Air Force, the team took home the national rushing title in 2002, averaging 307.8 yards per game on the ground. That year the Falcons were 8-5 and participated in the San Francisco Bowl. Additionally, the 2000 and 2001 Air Force teams led the Mountain West Conference and ranked third in the nation in rushing (2001 - 273.5 ypg; 2000 - 294.9 ypg).

During his 13-year stint at Army (1987-99), the Black Knights led the nation in rushing several times, including in 1993 when Army averaged 298.5 rushing yards per game, and in 1996 when they averaged 346.5 yards. During the 1998 season, his first as offensive coordinator, Army again took home the national rushing title, averaging 293.8 yards per contest.

As a collegiate athlete, Warinner was a standout football and baseball player at Mount Union College (1980-84). In 1983, he was the school's leading rusher, scorer and receiver while earning his fourth letter in football. He earned his bachelor's degree from Mount Union College in 1984 and his master's from Akron in 1985.

Warinner was born in Strasburg, Ohio. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have three children: Madisyn, Merideth and Edward.

Warinner's Five NCAA Rushing Titles
Illinois offensive line coach Ed Warinner has led five teams to NCAA rushing titles, four with Army and one with Air Force:
  • 1988: This Army team won the first rushing title of "The Wishbone Era." Averaging 317.9 yards per game, the Black Knights finished the season with a 9-3 record and put up 350 yards on Alabama at the Sun Bowl - the same Alabama team that ranked fifth in the nation in rushing defense

  • 1993: The Black Knights rushed for 3,284 yards on 660 carries, averaging nearly five yards an attempt and 300 yards per game

  • 1996: Army posted its first and only 10-win season in school history behind 3,812 yards rushing (5.2 yards per carry and 346.5 yards per contest)

  • 1998: The Black Knights recorded the nation's best rushing numbers for the third time in six years with 293 yards per game, also a per carry average of 5.3

  • 2002: Warinner's fifth title came at Air Force, as the Falcons topped the 4,000-yard mark in 13 games. The team scored 41 rushing towndowns on 307 yards per contest

What They're Saying About Warinner...

"Ed Warinner is a tireless worker and a very good football coach. He really knows the game and really cares for his players. He is a great role model for his players and a great husband and father."

- Air Force Head Coach Fisher DeBerry
"Ed is a highly motivated coach, well-organized, very detailed. He's been an excellent teacher and an outstanding recruiter. He had several different job descriptions here (Army) on both sides of the ball and he did an outstanding job in all those areas. I have the highest regard for him."

- New York Jets defensive coordinator Bob Sutton

(updated 9/06)