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.