Kill announces new coaching hires

Josh Katzenstein

Jerry Kill wasted no time settling most of coaching staff after Northern Illinois played its bowl game on Saturday.

The Minnesota athletics department announced the hiring of five new assistants to the first-year head football coach’s staff, joining the four staff members Kill has already named.

Four of the new coaches were members of Kill’s staff at Northern Illinois last season. The Huskies beat Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl on Saturday, 40-17.

“The great thing is, a lot of people got to see a good group of them coach in the bowl game,” Kill said in a release. “Right now, a good portion of that group is coming on board. They’re great coaches. They understand exactly what I expect and what I want.”

New assistant head coach and linebackers coach Bill Miller most recently served as the co-defensive coordinator for Kansas in 2009. Miller has coached for 32 years, including three seasons at Minnesota (1986-88) when he coached the defensive backs under head coach John Gutenkunst.

Kill’s linebackers coach at Northern Illinois, Tom Matukewicz, served as interim head coach for the bowl game, and he will remain with the team next season under new head coach Dave Doeren, Wisconsin’s former defensive coordinator.

The other additions are Jeff Phelps (defensive line), Pat Poore (receivers), Rob Reeves (H-backs and tight ends) and Jim Zebrowski (quarterbacks). Current Minnesota graduate assistants Daryl Agpalsa and Jesse Nelson will both retain their roles.

The four previously announced staff members were Matt Limegrover (offensive coordinator), Tracy Claeys (defensive coordinator) Thomas Hammock (running backs) and Dan O’Brien (football operations).