Illinois Coaching Staff: Mike Ward And Alex Golesh Join Fighting Illini

New Illinois football coach Tim Beckman continues to build his staff at Illinois, and on Tuesday the school announced a pair of additions, both from Beckman's staff at Toledo: Mike Ward and Alex Golesh.

Ward was Toledo's co-defensive coordinator but will serve as a position coach with the Illini. Beckman did not reveal which position Ward would coach.

Golesh, who worked at Northern Illinois as a graduate assistant for two years, will be the team's recruiting coordinator.

Beckman also said that his staff is nearly complete but he was not willing to offer up any names because many of them are coaching and preparing for bowl games with their current teams.

Defensive coordinator and interim head coach Vic Koenning, whom Beckman tried to retain, is expected to join the staff at North Carolina at the conclusion of this season.

For more, keep tabs on SB Nation Chicago and SB Nation's NCAA football page. For more on the Fighting Illini, check out Hail to the Orange, SB Nation's Illinois Fighting Illini blog.

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