Former offensive lineman and student assistant coach C.J. Irvin at Wisconsin.

Following offensive coordinator Kurt Beathard's return to Illinois State football last year, former offensive lineman and student assistant coach C.J. Irvin makes his official return to the Redbirds as announced Thursday.

ISU head coach Brock Spack displayed excitement towards Irvin's return to the team in his new role as the program's tight ends and assistant running backs coach.

"We are excited to have C.J. back with the Redbird football," Spack said. "He worked extremely hard for us as a student assistant while finishing up his degree at ISU in 2014-15 ... C.J. takes a lot of pride in what he does and in this program, so we are happy to have him back with new experiences and commitment to the Redbirds."

Irvin spent the 2018 season serving a quality coaching role at UW-Madison, after working as a graduate assistant at Texas the year before in 2017.

Before Texas, Irvin carried out a similar role working with the offensive line at Houston and serving as interim offensive line coach for The Cougars in the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl against San Diego State.

After suffering foot injuries that plagued, and eventually ended, his football career, Irvin immediately began coaching as a student assistant for the ’Birds, helping ISU reach the FCS National Championship game and the FCS quarterfinals in 2014-15.

Irvin graduated from Illinois State in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology/physical education.

JONATHAN BARLAS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas

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