SIU Director of Athletics Jerry Kill is stepping down from his position and heading to Virginia Tech University, effective immediately, per an announcement this morning.
Kill joins head coach Justin Fuente’s staff as special assistant. Kill said it was “difficult” to leave the university, but will allow him to return to the game he loves.
“The opportunity to serve as an administrator at SIU has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career, and it was a difficult decision to leave so many wonderful friends and colleagues at Southern Illinois,” Kill said. “There is an outstanding leadership team in place within Athletics and I’m confident they will continue to build upon the foundation we’ve laid, allowing me to return to my passion, which is coaching football. I’ve tried to get away from football, but I just can’t.”
Kill returned to SIU Feb. 2018 as special assistant to the chancellor, transitioning into the athletic director position that April. He served as head football coach for the university from 2001-2007, leading the team to five consecutive playoff appearances.
Liz Jarnigan, associate director of athletics, was appointed by Chancellor John M. Dunn to replace Kill in his position.