Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema completed his coaching staff on Monday. Eddie Faulkner has been hired to coach the
Badgers’ tight ends.
Faulkner was a running back at Wisconsin from 1996 through 2000 and spent last season as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Northern Illinois, working with current Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
As running backs coach at NIU, Faulkner produced All-MAC tailback Jasmin Hopkins, who rushed for 956 yards and 15 touchdowns on 187 carries (5.1 avg). NIU boasted the nation’s No. 12 rushing attack with an average of 234.14 yards per game.
Overseeing NIU’s special teams, Faulkner’s punt coverage unit ranked second nationally, yielding just one yard per return.
Prior to NIU, Faulkner spent eight seasons at Ball State (2003-10).
Faulkner was a member of two Big Ten championship teams as a running back at Wisconsin. He rushed for 1,064 yards in his career and seven touchdowns.
After graduating from UW, Faulkner signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 before going on to a pro career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.