Auburn Football Hires Ex-Gator Ike Hilliard As Receivers Coach

Former Florida Gator star wide receiver Ike Hilliard is Auburn’s new wide receivers coach, the school announced on Wednesday.

Hilliard, 45, was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ receivers coach in the 2020 and ’21 seasons and had been an NFL receivers coach since 2011 with three other teams – Miami in 2011, Washington in 2012, Buffalo in 2013 and Washington again from 2014-19.

A first round pick out of Florida in the 1997 NFL Draft, Hilliard played for the New York Giants (1997-04) and Tampa Bay (2005-08).

“Ike is exactly what we are looking for to lead our wide receivers room,” Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin said. “His credentials really speak for themselves.”

Hilliard, a nephew of former LSU tailback Dalton Hilliard, is a native of Patterson, Louisiana. He replaces Eric Kiesau, who was recently promoted to offensive coordinator.

Kiesau, an offensive analyst to open the 2021 season, had replaced wide receivers coach Cornelius Williams the day after Auburn nearly lost to 28-point favorite Georgia State early last season.

“Auburn is one of the true giants within the college football landscape,” Hilliard said. “The responsibility and opportunity to be a part of coach Harsin’s staff here at Auburn is something I’m extremely grateful for. The process in place to grow and build this program is impressive. I felt it in every conversation I had with coach Harsin and others on staff.”

Hilliard was an All-American in 1996 at Florida under coach Steve Spurrier. He caught 126 passes for 2,214 yards and 26 touchdowns in his college career. When Florida beat Florida State, 52-20, to win the natonal championship in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 1997, Hilliard caught seven passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns in New Orleans – 90 minutes from his home in Patterson.

Hilliard was 2-1 against Auburn as a player from 1994-96.

“The decision was easy to join the Auburn family,” Hilliard said.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau has been on the LSU beat since 1998 with multiple outlets in Louisiana, prior to that he had covered both Auburn and Alabama. He won first place for his game feature on LSU's upset at Florida last season from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also named Beat Writer of Year, by Louisiana Sports Writers Association in July; placed in three Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) categories – Beat Writer, Explanatory, Game Coverage – last spring. Guilbeau was also the FWAA first-place winner for columns in 2017 and was also the top overall winner in 2016 FWAA placing first for his game story, second in columns, and receiving honorable mention for features.

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