[dropcap]I[/dropcap]llinois head coach Tim Beckman will promote former Illini star Mike Bellamy to wide receivers coach.
Bellamy joined the Illinois staff last season as associate recruiting coordinator.
Bellamy was an All-Big Ten selection in 1989 and was drafted by Philadelphia in the second round of the 1990 NFL Draft. Bellamy had a seven-year professional career the included stints with the Colts, Bears and Raiders as well as the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League.
Following his football career, Bellamy entered private business in Atlanta before becoming a coach. In 2008, he joined the staff at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Ga. as passing game coordinator, receiver and specialists coach and held that position until 2010. In 2011, he became the receiver and specialists coach at Clark-Atlanta.
Billy Gonzales coached the Illini receivers in 2012, serving as co-offensive coordinator with Chris Beatty. Beatty was fired in early January, and Gonzales was forced off the staff in February. Gonzales joined Mississippi State’s staff as wide receivers coach last week while Beatty will be receivers coach on Gary Andersen’s staff at Wisconsin.
Illinois finished 2-10 in 2012 and had the worst offense in the Big Ten Conference at just 16.7 points per game and 296.7 yards per game.