Brad Cornelsen enters his sixth season at Illinois State, his second with the quarterbacks, after working with the wide receivers his first four years.
Last season, Cornelsen mentored Luke Drone's final year, who ended his ISU career as a three-year starting quarterback. Drone claimed Gateway Football Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2007, while passing for 2,222 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Prior to guiding the Redbird quarterbacks, Cornelsen left his mark on ISU's wide receivers. In 2006, Cornelsen coached a pair of all-conference receivers in Laurént Robinson and Pierre Jackson, and in 2005, Robinson rewrote the school and conference record book with 86 catches for 1,465 yards.
In the final game of the 2005 season, Robinson totaled 292 yards on 14 catches against Indiana State. The single-game yardage total set both league and school marks. Robinson went on to claim the conference's offensive player of the year award and was a consensus all-American, prior to being drafted in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons.
In 2004, Cornelsen had three receivers post 30 or more catches each for the year - the most by a Redbird trio since 1996.
A season earlier, Cornelsen was instrumental in the success of first-team All-Gateway receiver Dwayne Smith. Smith led the league in both receptions and receiving yards per game, while the Redbird offense as a whole ranked as the best in the conference with 420 yards of total offense per outing.
Prior to joining the Redbird staff, Cornelsen spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma State, where he worked with the quarterbacks and wide receivers.
He also served as a graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State, where he worked with the wide receivers.
A native of Texhoma, Okla., Cornelsen graduated from Missouri Southern State with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 2000. With the Lions, Cornelsen became the first quarterback in the history of NCAA Division II to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 2,000 yards for a career.
After graduation, Cornelsen served a one-year term as a student assistant with his alma mater and at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.