Ed Riegert begins his third year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Illini. A Downers Grove, Ill., native, Riegert was the 1996 runner-up in the IHSA 1600 meter run. He competed in cross country and track and field for DePaul University and Division III powerhouse North Central College. His four Division III All-American honors include a distance medley relay national championship during the 2000 indoor season.
Individually that year, he placed third in the indoor 1500 meters, second in the outdoor 1500 meters, and third in the outdoor 800 meters. Riegert graduated from North Central in 2001 with a degree in physical education. He served as the head men's and women's track coach at Chicago's North Park University in 2004-05, after several seasons as an assistant coach at North Central College. His personal bests include 1:50.48 in 800 meters and 3:48.15 for 1500 meters.