CHAMPAIGN, Ill. --Donât let Bret Bielema fool you into thinking it was fate that led him to the opportunity to recruit and sign running back Josh McCray into his 2021 recruiting class at Illinois. Illinois said Bielema will receive a six-year contract with an annual salary starting at $4.2 million, and begin work immediately. Bielema went 68-24 as head coach of Wisconsin from 2006-12 and is 97-58 overall as a college head coach, including his time with Arkansas from 2013-17. Bret Bielema was born, Bret Arnold Bielema, on January 13, 1970, to parents Arnie and Marilyn Bielema. CHAMPAIGN â When Bret Bielema took the Illinois job in December, he began as what he called a âone-man band.â. The school announced Bielema as their head coach on Saturday after signing a six-year contract with the annual salary of $4.2 million. https://www.si.com/.../football/exclusive-video-interview-illini-coach-bret-bielema University of Illinois football coach Bret Bielema, shown here when he was defensive line coach for the New England Patriots, has filled his 10-member coaching staff for the Illini. Bielema will receive a six-year contract with Illinois with a starting salary of $4.2 million. Illinois named former Big Ten coach and current NFL assistant Bret Bielema its new head coach on Saturday, less than a week after moving on from Lovie Smith following a 2-5 start this season. Illinois football helmets sit on the field before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Northwestern defeated Illinois â¦ The University of Illinois has officially hired new head coach Bret Bielema. He was born in 1970s, in the middle of Generation X, and in the Year of the Dog. Illinois said Bielema will receive a six-year contract with an annual salary starting at $4.2 million, and begin work immediately. But the former coach at Wisconsin and â¦ Growing up, he spent a greater part of his childhood in Prophetstown, Illinois, where he was raised alongside his two siblings Betsy and Brandi. Bret Bielema was born in Illinois, United States on Tuesday, January 13, 1970. Bret is currently 51 years old. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema waits for his team to leave the field after the Razorbacks lost 48-45 to Missouri on Nov. 24, 2017 in Fayetteville, Ark. Continue to next page below to see how much is Bret Bielema really worth, including net worth, estimated earnings, and salary for 2020 and 2021.