Former Maryland coach Tom Brattan hired in Big Ten

Former Maryland coach Tom Brattan hired in Big Ten
July 20, 2014, 11:00 am
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Former Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan has been hired to assume the same position at Illinois, the school announced in a press release Friday.

Brattan was on staff at Maryland for 13 years, but his contract was not renewed in December 2013 shortly after Maryland's season ended with a Military Bowl loss to Marshall.

He was replaced in College Park by former LSU assistant Greg Studrawa.

"I was extremely pleased to find someone of Tom Brattan's stature at this late date," Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. "He is very well respected around the nation as a coach, as a recruiter and - maybe most importantly - as a person."

Brattan has experience in the Big Ten, too. He served on Northwestern's staff from 1992-98.

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"He already has some terrific relationships with high school coaches in the Chicago area, which gives him a great recruiting start in that important region," Beckman said. "We are very fortunate to find someone with all the characteristics and experience that Tom brings to Illinois."

Brattan now joins two former Maryland colleagues at Illinois.

Al Seamonson spent 10 seasons with the Terrapins as a strong-side linebackers coach before heading to UCF. He was hired by Illinois in February 2013.

Tim Banks spent four seasons at Maryland from 2003-06 as an inside linebackers coach. He has been on staff at Illinois since January 2012.