Last season Belin worked with four-year starter Brennan Schmidt. One of the team's hardest workers, Schmidt started all 51 games of his career. Belin also nurtured first-time starters Chris Long and Kwakou Robinson.
A native of Marshville, N.C., he was a three-year starter (1988-90) at inside linebacker at Wake Forest under Bill Dooley and finished his career with 182 career tackles. He was recruited as a senior in high school by UVa head coach Al Groh who was the Demon Deacons' coach from 1981-86.
Belin received his bachelor of science degree in speech communication from Wake Forest in 1991. During his collegiate career, he played alongside his older brother, Warren, who is currently the linebackers coach at Vanderbilt.
The 36-year old Belin launched his college coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant working with the defensive backs on Tom Coughlin's staff at Boston College. He gained his first full-time position the following year as defensive line coach at Boston University and spent the 1993 season as linebackers coach at East Tennessee State.
He spent five seasons at Ball State (1994-98) where he helped guide one of the top run defenses in the Mid-American Conference. He coached the outside linebackers in his first season at the Muncie, Ind., school before handling the defensive ends for his final four seasons. Under his guidance, the defensive ends helped the Cardinals rank first in the MAC and 34th in the nation in fewest yards allowed in 1997. One of his top pupils was DE Keith McKenzie, a seventh-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in the 1997 NFL Draft.
After a three-month stint at Connecticut (1999), Belin spent two seasons as defensive line coach at Maryland (1999-2000). During his first season at Maryland, he served on the same staff as Rocco, who was the Terrapins' outside linebackers coach. Two of his players earned All-ACC honors and were selected in the NFL Draft-Delbert Cowsette (Washington Redskins in 2000) and Kris Jenkins (Carolina Panthers in 2001).
Before moving to Northern Illinois, he spent three seasons at William & Mary (2001-03). He spent his first two seasons as linebackers coach before shifting to defensive line coach in his final season.
In 1996, he participated in the NFL Minority Fellowship Program with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where one of his fellow coaches was former UVa offensive coordinator and O-line coach Ron Prince.
As a prep at Forest Hills (N.C.) High School, he earned All-State and All-America honors in football as a senior. A four-year letterman in football, Belin started 55 consecutive games. He played on the Class 2A state championship team (1984), the Class 3A state runner-up (1985), and Class 3A state semifinalist team (1986).
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