Mel Tucker has continued to quickly assemble his first Michigan State football coaching staff.
Friday, MSU announced the addition of Ted Gilmore to Tucker’s first staff in East Lansing. The 25-year veteran of the profession will serve as the Spartans’ tight ends coach.
“Coach Gilmore is a great teacher and excellent motivator who brings high energy,” said the new Michigan State football head coach in a statement. “He’s a proven developer of players and a very effective recruiter. He’s a true difference-maker.”
Gilmore comes to the Michigan State football program armed with recent and extensive experience in the Big Ten. The past five seasons, Gilmore worked at Wisconsin as wide receivers coach. From 2017-19, he carried the added title of passing-game coordinator for the Badgers. From 2005-10, Gilmore was the receivers coach at Nebraska. The last three seasons with the Cornhuskers, he was also the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.
In between those two stints, he worked as the receivers coach at USC (2011) and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders (2012-14).
Gilmore has also served as the receivers coach at Colorado (2003-04), Purdue (2001-02), Houston (2000) and Wyoming (1997-98). In 1999, Gilmore was the tight ends coach at Kansas. He played his college football at Wyoming, and began his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant (1994-96).
The hiring of Gilmore is the seventh officially announced by the Michigan State football program.
This past weekend, it was confirmed that Ron Burton and Mike Tressel would be retained. Shortly thereafter, Chris Kapilovic officially followed Tucker to MSU from Colorado. Wednesday, former first-team All-Big Ten wide receiver Courtney Hawkins returned to East Lansing to coach the same position he played for the Spartans. A day later, Jay Johnson was confirmed as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and Harlon Barnett was brought back as defensive backs coach.