Illinois adds Sean Snyder as special teams coordinator while Ben Miller remains on leave | Ilini

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Ben Miller’s medical leave will be extended through the 2022 season, the team announced in a news release Tuesday.

Miller was diagnosed with colon cancer in February. As part of the replacement effort, the Illini hired Sean Snyder as the teams’ special teams coordinator.

Snyder, the son of legendary Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, was the special teams coordinator at USC in 2020 and 2021.

“As part of this plan, we are excited to have Sean Snyder join our Illini family as Special Teams Coordinator/Specialty Coach. Sean and I have a long history, first as teammates and then as coaches. assistants together, and he is still someone I have respected,” head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “He is an accomplished special teams coach with 10 years of experience as a Power-5 coordinator and over 25 years overall in college football.”

Snyder was an All-Big Eight and All-American punter at Kansas State in the early ’90s.

Miller will continue to communicate with staff and players as he continues his treatment, according to the statement.

“The last few months away from football have been tough, but it’s given me time to be with my family and focus on my health,” Miller said. “I still have some challenges ahead, but I have received some encouraging news regarding my diagnosis. I have completed four months of chemotherapy and am expecting liver surgery in August. I will be undergoing more chemotherapy in the fall and I will miss the majority of the 2022 season The treatment is going according to plan, and I am blessed to receive the best treatment from world-class doctors.

“I’m also blessed to be part of a top notch organization at the University of Illinois. I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of my family, Coach Bielema, Josh Whitman , the Illini Football Family and, of course, the Illinian Nation.”

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