No comfort zone for Iowa’s new hires

IOWA CITY — For a second there, Thursday’s introductory news conference for Iowa’s assistant football coaches Kelton Copeland and Tim Polasek became a game of comparing scars. In this case, switch out scars for those first jobs as college football coaches. Wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland started his coaching career at Emporia (Kan.) State a week after his playing days...

#oniowapod — For the record, it’s PAWL-uh-seck. I think we got it right some of the time

IOWA CITY — It’s been awhile since Land of Ten’s Scott Dochterman and I did one of these #oniowapods, so we covered a ton of ground. We started with Iowa’s coaching moves, rewinding to Ken O’Keefe’s hiring as QB coach on Feb. 3 and then fast forwarding to yesterday when Kirk Ferentz rounded out his staff with OL coach Tim Polasek and WR coach Kelton Copeland. Will Kirk...

Iowa pays for O’Keefe’s wealth of experience

IOWA CITY — When Kirk Ferentz introduced Ken O’Keefe as his new quarterbacks coach on Feb. 5, he acknowledged O’Keefe’s importance in the formative years. When Ferentz was hired as Iowa’s head coach in late 1998, O’Keefe, who jumped to Iowa after just one season as Fordham (Bronx, N.Y.) University’s head coach, was one of his first hires. Ferentz was an assistant under...

Iowa hires NDSU coordinator to coach offensive line

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa has hired North Dakota State offensive coordinator Tim Polasek as its line coach and Kelton Copeland as its wide receivers coach. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced the additions to his staff on Tuesday. Polasek had spent the past three seasons at North Dakota State, an FCS powerhouse that beat Iowa in Iowa City in 2016. Copeland had been with Northern...
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Iowa finishes assistant coach shopping

IOWA CITY — Maybe it’s kind of a “if you can’t beat them, hire their offensive coordinator.” You know, that old saying. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz saw what North Dakota State’s rush attack was capable of last fall when the Bison, the nation’s top FCS program, upset the Hawkeyes, 23-21, at Kinnick Stadium. It was very much the score — Iowa’s first loss in 14 games...

Iowa brings back Ken O'Keefe as QB coach

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa has brought back former offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe as its quarterbacks coach. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced Friday that O'Keefe, who was his coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1999-2011, will return next season to work with Iowa's signal callers. O'Keefe spent the past five seasons with the Miami Dolphins in a variety of offensive...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Iowa loses pair of assistants on offense

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says two offensive assistant coaches won't return next season. Ferentz announced Thursday that wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy and running backs/special teams coach Chris White will be leaving the program. Hawkeyes receivers struggled mightily in 2016, leaving Iowa with one of the worst passing attacks in the country. Though the...
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January 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Iowa's Ferentz taps son Brian as new offensive coordinator

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has named offensive line coach and son Brian Ferentz as his new offensive coordinator. Brian Ferentz played for the Hawkeyes before getting into coaching. He later spent four seasons in various roles on the coaching staff of the New England Patriots, serving as a tight ends coach in 2010-11. Now 33, Ferentz returned to Iowa in 2012...
Via Associated Press
January 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Iowa’s Brian Ferentz avoids Aaron Hernandez verdict questions

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Brian Ferentz knew he would face questions about former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez being found guilty of first-degree murder — which means he will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole. Back in 2011, Ferentz was the tight ends coach for New England. At that time, Aaron Hernandez was one of the most...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Ferentz adjusts his Iowa Hawkeyes coaching staff

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz announced a change in coaching responsibilities for assistant coaches LeVar Woods, Seth Wallace, and Brian Ferentz. The assignment changes take effect immediately. Woods will serve as Iowa’s tight ends coach after coaching Hawkeye linebackers the past three seasons. Brian Ferentz will continue as Iowa’s offensive...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

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