Rhoads Headed Home As Head Coach

Former Auburn defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads was quickly hired for his first head coaching job.

Auburn, Ala.--Former Auburn defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads didn't stay unemployed long.

On Saturday at 5 p.m. Rhoads was introduced as head football coach at Iowa State University replacing Gene Chizik, who was hired a week ago as head coach at Auburn.

At that press conference, Rhoads said, "We will be physical. We will play the football game for 60 minutes and we will give you all we have for 60 minutes, And, we will hit you coming off the bus.

"We will be a passionate football team that will bring pride back to the Cyclone Nation," added Rhoads, who said he plans to talk to current members of the ISU staff before announcing who his assistants will be for his first head coaching job.

Rhoads, a native of Iowa, coached one season at Auburn after coming to AU from Pitt. However, like other on-the-field members of Tommy Tuberville's coaching staff, Rhoads was not retained by Chizik.

Rhoads coached with the Cyclones as an assistant from 1995-99 handling linebackers his first year and defensive backs the other seasons.

"It has been a professional goal of mine to become a head coach since my dad introduced me to the game as a kid and I could not have found a more perfect place than Iowa State," Rhoads said. "I know how special Ames and ISU were to me during my first tenure and having the chance to return and lead this program reads like a Hollywood script."

Paul Rhoads coached defensive backs and coordinated the defense for the Tigers.

Rhoads, who is 41, is receiving a five-year contract worth a minimum for $5.75 million with an opportunity to make more money if he reaches performance incentives.


Rhoads coached safeties and cornerbacks for the 2008 Tigers.

"Paul Rhoads is an outstanding and intelligent football coach, a highly successful national recruiter and has nearly 10 years of experience as a BCS coordinator," Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard said.

During our exhaustive interview process, he was the one candidate that clearly demonstrated both extensive experience and an extreme passion for and familiarity with our institution. In addition, and most importantly, he also has a comprehensive plan for how to be successful at Iowa State. He is a great fit for our institution."

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