We see them each fall roaming the sidelines, talking at their press conferences and directing their players, but what do we really know about our state FCS head coaches? Today's post profiles each one and shares a few "fun facts".
Kim Dameron, Eastern Illinois
- born Nov. 7, 1960
- four-year player for the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1979-82 at wide receiver and defensive back. As a Razorback he participated in four bowl games, including the 1979 Sugar Bowl.
- began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Lou Holtz at his alma mater.
- later served as the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech for Skip Holtz, Lou's son.
- spent one season in the Canadian Football League, coaching the Toronto Argonauts secondary in 1999.
Charlie Fisher, Western Illinois
- born July 18, 1959
- attended Springfield College, the same school as WIU legend Ray "Rock" Hanson.
- played quarterback and wide receiver from 1977-80 at Springfield (Mass.) College. He also lettered as a shortstop in baseball.
- was part of the Vanderbilt offensive staff that coached SEC ‘Player of the Year’ Jay Cutler in 2005.
- has more than 30 years of college coaching experience, Fisher has spent time as an assistant coach at: Penn State, Miami (Ohio), Vanderbilt, Temple, North Carolina State, West Georgia, Lenoir-Rhyne, Ole Miss and Eastern Kentucky. He was a graduate assistant on the 1982 Eastern Kentucky team that won the NCAA I-AA national championship.
Nick Hill, Southern Illinois
- born April 5, 1985
- played basketball for a season at Western Kentucky University before transferring to SIU. Hill recorded a 21-6 record as a starter and set single-season school records for passing yards and total offense in 2007.
- guided Southern to three playoff wins, and the 2007 squad advanced to the national semifinals, the deepest playoff run for Saluki football.
- began his coaching career in 2013 as head coach at Carbondale High School. In his only season with the Terriers, he guided the program to an Illinois High School Association playoff berth.
- After graduating from Southern in 2007, Hill played six seasons of professional football. In the Arena Football League, he played for head coach Jay Gruden, who is currently the head coach of the NFL's Washington Redskins. In addition to playing in the AFL, Hill signed free agent contracts with the Chicago Bears in 2008 and Green Bay Packers in 2012.
Brock Spack, Illinois State
- born Jan. 5, 1962
- is a Rockford native.
- was an All-Big 10 linebacker at Purdue; ranks fifth on the Boilermakers' career tackles list with 384.
- a two-time finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, annually given to the top coach in FCS football.
- coached his son Brent, a linebacker at ISU who graduated last year; his daughter Alicia, a former Purdue softball player, serves as director of football operations for the Redbirds