Patrick Babcock, a four-year starter (2001-2004) on the University of Illinois football team, has been hired as the defensive line coach for the Rockford College football team.
Babcock earned All-State honors in football, wrestling and track during his high school career at Stillman Valley. He started both on offense and defense on the Stillman Valley 2000 state champion football team. He was also a two-time high school state heavyweight wrestling champion.
Regents head coach Randy Schrader said: Adding Patrick to our staff will have a huge impact on our entire program. The knowledge and experience he brings to our program will prove invaluable.
He has seen and done things on the Division I and professional levels that will give our kids a new perspective, Schrader added.
Babcocks most recent experience came last season, when he was an offensive line coach and tight ends coach at Macalester College in Minnesota. Prior to coaching at Macalester, he participated in mini-camps for the NFLs Cleveland Browns and had workouts with other NFL and Arena Football League teams.
Babcock earned his bachelors degree in sports management from the University of Illinois in 2004 and lives in Winnebago, Ill.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
from the April 11-17, 2007, issue