With a lifetime around the game and descending from a football-rich bloodline, Bill Teerlinck brings a wealth of gridiron knowledge to his third season on the Illinois State staff.
Teerlinck, who is the son of John Teerlinck, a 19-year coaching veteran in the National Football League and current defensive line coach with the Indianapolis Colts, will continue to assist Chris Patton with the defensive line and special teams units.
In his first season, Teerlinck, along with Patton, molded Brent Hawkins into the Gateway Football Conference's Defensive Player of the Year, a consensus all-American, the Buck Buchanan Award runner-up and the Defensive MVP at the 2006 Hula Bowl.
Prior to joining the Redbird staff, Teerlinck served two years as a graduate assistant coach at Indiana. With the Hoosiers, Teerlinck occupied the same role he has taken on with the Redbirds.
During his tenure, Indiana tripled the number of sacks by the defensive line in one year, posting five defensive touchdowns and leading the nation in kickoff returns, while ranking No. 18 in net punting and No. 25 in punt returns.
In addition to working at Indiana, Teerlinck has also had the opportunity to work numerous NFL camps in addition to serving as a sideline assistant with the Colts and Denver Broncos.
Prior to coaching, Teerlinck was a Division II All-American at Chadron State, in Chadron, Neb. He led all of Division II in quarterback sacks in 2002, while being named all-league. He earned his bachelor's degree in university studies from Chadron State in 2001.