Feb. 26, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois football coach Tim Beckman announced Tuesday the hiring of Al Seamonson as outside linebackers coach following coaching stints at Central Florida, Maryland, Bowling Green State, The Citadel, Army and Wisconsin.
The hiring brings a shift of responsibilities on the defensive side of the ball where defensive coordinator Tim Banks will coach the defensive backs, Mike Ward the inside linebackers, Greg Colby the defensive line and Seamonson the outside linebackers, which includes the "LEO" and "Star" positions.
"Al Seamonson brings more outstanding football experience to our coaching staff," Beckman said. "He has worked with some excellent coaches and terrific players during his career. Al is a Big Ten guy at heart, having grown up in Wisconsin and playing football in the conference. He has a great work ethic and has a reputation as an excellent recruiter."
In 2010, Seamonson helped Maryland go 9-4 and conclude the season with a No. 23 national ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 and a victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl. He spent his first eight years in College Park working with the Terrapin outside linebackers before taking over as the coach for all linebackers in 2009. He served as a special teams assistant throughout his time under Ralph Friedgen and also was the Terps' defensive coordinator for the end of the 2008 season.
A 1982 graduate of Wisconsin and a two-year letterwinner at wide receiver, Seamonson got his start in coaching in Madison. In 1982, he served as a volunteer coach for Wisconsin's wide receivers. The next two years, he was a graduate assistant working with the secondary.
Seamonson's first stop after leaving Wisconsin was at the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in West Point for the 1985 and '86 seasons, helping the Cadets to a 31-29 Peach Bowl victory over Illinois in 1985. From Army, he moved to The Citadel, where he helped coach five linebackers to All-Southern Conference honors and one (J.J. Davis) to an appearance in the Senior Bowl. The highlight of his tenure was in 1992 when the Bulldogs led Division I-AA in scoring defense, yielding just 13.0 points per contest en route to a Southern Conference championship and their third berth in the I-AA playoffs in five years.
In 2000, Seamonson coached at Bowling Green State under Gary Blackney and along with Beckman, Banks and Ward, helping the Falcons rank fourth in the MAC in rushing defense and total defense. He then spent 10 years at Maryland, working mostly with strongside linebackers and the LEOs (linebacker / end option). Seamonson had a hand in grooming most of the six Terrapin linebackers who went on to NFL careers, including All-Pro Shawne Merriman. In 2003, Maryland finished sixth in the nation in scoring defense and 15th in total defense. In 2011, he was on the staff at Central Florida with Illini running backs coach and special teams coordinator Tim Salem.
A native of Stoughton, Wis., Seamonson was a wide receiver at Stoughton High School and was a captain for the all-state shrine team in 1977. He and his wife, Kristi, have three children: Kylen, Kalvin and Karter.
The Seamonson File
Education: Wisconsin, '82 (bachelor's in physical education/coaching K-12)
Family: Kristi; Children: Kylen, Kalvin and Karter.
Seamonson's Coaching Career
|2013-||University of Illinois||Outside Linebackers|
|2001-10||Maryland||Linebackers/Special Teams (2009-10)|
|Outside Linebackers/Special Teams (2001-08)|
|2000||Bowling Green||Linebackers/Special Teams|
|1987-89||The Citadel||Special Teams/Linebackers/Wide Receivers|
|1982-84||Wisconsin||Graduate Assistant Defensie Backs (1983-84)|
|Volunteer Wide Receivers (1982)|