Bill Killian starts his 13th-straight season in 2014-15 as an assistant coach on second-year head coach Andy Bronkema's Bulldog staff.
Killian, who previously served for seven seasons as an assistant under former FSU head coach Tom Ludwig before returning to the sidelines on the staff of previous head coach Bill Sall for 11 years, assists with the on-court instruction and skill development of FSU's players.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Killian is employed as a professor in the physical sciences department at Ferris State. Killian, who has worked at Ferris since 1987, teaches courses in both general and industrial chemistry. In addition, he also is the coordinator for Ferris' Industrial Chemistry Technology program.
Besides being involved in the Bulldog men's basketball program, Killian also was a volunteer assistant in the FSU baseball program under Judd Folske from 1988-92. He has also worked as a part-time professional baseball scout.
As a collegiate athlete, Killian earned four letters each in basketball and baseball at North Park College in Chicago, Ill. He went on to complete his masters degree and worked as a graduate assistant at Ohio State.
After leaving Ohio State, Killian became the head baseball coach at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio. He led DeSales to a 92-26 record and a state championship in 1979 before returning to North Park as an assistant basketball coach. During his tenure at his alma mater, North Park won an NCAA Division III National Championship in 1986. He also served one year as the head basketball coach at George Williams College in Illinois.
Killian and his wife, Michele, reside in Stanwood, Mich., and
have three sons, Joe, Dan and Billy. Billy was a third-round pick
of the San Diego Padres in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft as
the 72nd overall selection. He was the highest Michigan prep player
2004. Both have played professional baseball in the minor leagues.