Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand's work helped the Fighting Illini to to an 8-4 record in 1999.
Feb. 3, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois head football coach Ron Turner has promoted offensive line coach Harry Hiestand to Assistant Head Coach, he announced today.
Hiestand, who has been a member of Turner's staff since 1997, shocked the Big Ten this season when his young offensive line gave the performance of seasoned veterans. The 1999 line held Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Northwestern without a sack and helped the Illini offense to 2,082 yards rushing and 2,805 receiving. The Illini squad also set the school record for most points scored in a season with 388, surpassing the 1902 team which had 380. Two offensive linemen, guard Ray Redziniak and tackle Marques Sullivan, were also selected to the second-team all-Big Ten squad.
"Harry does an excellent job for us and is a natural leader on this offensive staff," Turner said. "I just wanted to have somebody on our staff who can step in on various occasions when I am unavailable and take charge. He has great experience and is a guy that I rely on heavily."
Hiestand has spent most of his 19-year career coaching offensive lineman. He began his career at East Stroudsburg University where he also played guard for two seasons and received his bachelors degree in health and physical education. He has since coached as an assistant at Missouri, Cincinnati, Toledo, Pennsylvania and Southern California, where he met Turner.
"I am honored that Coach Turner feels good about my ability as a football coach," Hiestand said.