In 2010 Coach Jerry Kill was named Head Football Coach of the U of MN Football program. In 2011 he led the Gophers to a victory over major Big Ten rival, Iowa State, and one year later Coach Kill was named Coach of the Year by the American Football Association.
Coach Kill took a leave of absence after seizures prevented him from traveling to a Michigan game. Media called for Kill’s resignation and suggested a person with epilepsy could not handle such a position. Over 2,000 people connected to epilepsy rallied to show support before the San Jose State game.
Coach and Rebecca Kill announce the Coach Kill Chasing Dreams Epilepsy Fund.
Coach Kill was awarded the 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Coach and Rebecca’s commitment to helping kids with epilepsy chase their dreams is unparalleled, despite his abrupt retirement on October 28, 2015. They are regular visitors to Camp Oz and their fund provides classroom education for kids with epilepsy to curb bullying and foster understanding of epilepsy.
In the interim, he served as a keynote speaker around the country to large and small corporations, covering various topics including rebuilding businesses and overcoming adversity. During this time he also wrote a book, Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time. In May 2016 after he was able to regain control of his health and was named Associate Athletic Director at Kansas State.
In December 2016, Coach Kill returned to the “coaching spotlight” and was named the Offensive Coordinator at Rutgers University, a Big 10 Football Program. He states he: “feels better than he has in 12 years.”