CHAMPAIGN (UI Release) --Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announced Friday the addition of former Western Michigan co-offensive coordinator Ryan Cubit to his staff as director of football student-athlete development. Cubit, who is the son of Fighting Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, comes to Champaign after spending five seasons on his father's staff, achieving the position of co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2012.
As director of football student-athlete development, Cubit will oversee all on-campus activities of student-athletes in the Illinois football program. He will manage and coordinate all on-campus admissions for incoming freshmen and transfers, perform preliminary transcript evaluations for those prospective student-athletes and manage all official and unofficial visits for football recruits. He will serve as football admissions coordinator and work closely with the associate athletic director for academics in that pursuit, and also will work closely with compliance staff regarding the recruitability of prospective student-athletes.
Cubit helped engineer the golden age of offense in Western Michigan history from 2008-12, guiding Alex Carder to a record-setting campaign in 2011 that included 3,873 yards passing and five games of 400-plus passing yards. Carder was the fourth consecutive All-Mid-American Conference honoree under Cubit, as he earned the award in 2010 and 2011 after Tim Hiller was named to the All-MAC teams in 2008 and 2009.
As a player, Cubit finished his career tied for the career completion percentage record at WMU (60.2 percent) and was fifth in career passing yards (4,729). He played three seasons in Kalamazoo after starting his career at Rutgers. Cubit graduated with a degree in business administration in 2006 and completed a master's of business of administration in 2008. He led WMU to its first bowl berth in nearly 20 years as he guided the Broncos to the 2007 International Bowl.