CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Herald & Review in Decatur, IL., is reporting that new University of Illinois football coach Bret Bielema has made his first coaching staff hire on Monday by naming Tony Petersen from Appalachian State as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

Petersen spent the 2020 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Appalachian State. App State, which went 9-3 and won the Myrtle Beach Bowl, averaged 452 yards in total offense (26th nationally), including 264.9 rushing yards (7th nationally).

From 1999-2006, Petersen was the co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and eventually the passing coordinator at Minnesota, where quarterback Bryan Cupito set the school's all-time passing mark. Petersen owns over 27 years of experience, including success as a coordinator in the Big Ten Conference and record-setting tenures guiding units at both Marshall, East Carolina and Louisiana Tech.

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