CHAMPAIGN, Ill.- After spending four seasons as the offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois, Mike Locksley finally has his dream job as the head coach at the University of New Mexico.
On Monday the Lobos' athletic department officially announced Locksley as the school's 29th football coach.
Locksley, who will turn 39 on Christmas Day has been the offensive coordinator at Illinois since 2005. In addition, he was also the quarterbacks coach since 2006 and coached tight ends in 2005.
He replaces Rocky Long who resigned November 17 after 11 seasons.
Locksley came to the Fighting Illini with Ron Zook from Florida. He was the Gators' running backs and recruiting coordinator from 2003-04.
He began his coaching career in 1992 as Towson University's defensive backs and special teams coach. He also coached at the U.S. Navel Prep School and the University of Maryland from 1996-97.
Under Locksley, in 2008 the Fighting Illini ranked third in the Big Ten with 344 points, led the conference in passing offense with 269.3 yards per game and ran for 169.5 yards a game which was fifth in the Big Ten. Illinois led the Big Ten in rushing in both 2007 and 2006, averaging 256.8 yards per game last season and 188.8 yards in 2006.