Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard and President Dr. Gregory Geoffroy made the announcement Monday night in Hilton Coliseum at a news conference / pep rally.
"Gene Chizik is about winning championships," Pollard said of the 21-year coaching veteran. "He has a thorough understanding of what's involved in building a championship program. He has had an integral role on teams that won national, conference and conference playoff titles."
"Gene is one of, if not the, top
coaching prospects in the nation," Pollard said. "After talking with Coach
(Mack) Brown and Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds, it confirmed our belief
that Coach Chizik be our top target. The goal then became making sure we were
successful in recruiting he and his family to
Chizik has agreed to a six-year
deal worth $6.75 million in guaranteed compensation with incentives that could
increase the total to more than $10 million. In addition,
"It's been a lifetime professional dream to be the CEO of a football program and I couldn't be more pleased that Iowa State University is the institution providing me this opportunity," Chizik said. "I've had great mentors to learn from in my career, and I am fully prepared and energized to begin my Cyclone tenure.
"The institutional commitment
being made by
For the past two years, Chizik
served as assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator for Mack Brown at
Prior to his appointment at
Chizik enjoyed a personal 28-game winning streak over two-plus years with the Tigers and Longhorns. He has been the defensive coordinator on clubs that won 35 of 38 games the last three seasons.
The national championship won by
Pollard also cited Chizik's work as a defensive mastermind.
"There isn't a coordinator in the country, who produced the consistent and comprehensive quality of Coach Chizik's defenses since 2000," Pollard said. "His scoring defenses have ranked among the nation's Top 10 three of the last four years and, as the saying goes, ‘defense wins championships.'"
The Longhorns of 2005 were 8th nationally in scoring defense, 10th in total defense and 4th in pass efficiency defense. Ten Longhorn defenders were All-Big 12 selections, including four first-teamers.
Chizik has been a regular visitor
to post-season play as well. He has coached in six bowls games and been on the
winning sideline each time. Among those post-season appearances were BCS games
in the 2006 Rose (
The 44-year-old Chizik said that each of the championship teams he's been around featured student-athletes committed to academic and athletics excellence and had the selfless desire to be part of a great team.
"The foundation of a championship program starts with the players," Chizik said. "Relating to the student-athletes is simply the most important thing we can do as coaches. Having great relations allows coaches to demand excellence in the classroom and on the field, while also creating a sense of team unity. I can't wait to start working with our players and building relationships and establishing significant and common goals."
Among the players he tutored at
Chizik was also defensive
coordinator for four seasons (1998-2001) at
"That personal commitment (meeting with Dungy and Kiffin) to get better demonstrates the passion and desire that Gene has to be great," Pollard said.
Chizik also coached at
He started coaching as a defensive
coordinator (1986-88) in his home state at
Pollard said that he contacted numerous candidates and conducted in-person interviews with six individuals. Chizik's stock rose among the pool because of his overall approach to managing a program.
"Gene understands what is necessary to be the CEO of a football program at this level," Pollard said. "His demeanor and overall plan for the total program really stood out. Gene's priorities for what is expected of his student-athletes as well as all people that touch his program are highly impressive."
President Geoffroy shared similar impressions of the Cyclone coach.
"Gene's emphasis on the academic and athletics achievements of our student-athletes is inspiring," Geoffroy said. "He embraces the critical responsibilities of leading 100-plus young men and uniting our Cyclone support base. Gene's success, especially at a peer institution in the Big 12, will pay great dividends."
Pollard said that identifying a coach, who could add to the foundation built in the last 12 years by Dan McCarney, was important in the search.
"Gene's familiarity with the
landscape of the Big 12 – especially in the state of
Chizik earned his B.A. degree in
Chizik, a native of
Pronunciation: CHIZZ-ick – first syllable sounds like IS
CHIZIK QUICK FACTS
Children: daughters, Landry Grace and Kennedy Danielle and son, Cally
Born: Dec. 28, 1961
Education: B.A. from
1996-97: Stephen F. Austin, Defensive Coordinator / Secondary
1995: Stephen F. Austin, Assistant Coach / Secondary
1992-94: Stephen F. Austin, Assistant Coach / Linebackers
1988-89: Clemson, Grad Assistant / Outside Linebackers
1986-87: Seminole (
2006 Rose Bowl (
2005 Sugar Bowl (Auburn defeated Virginia Tech, 16-13)
2003 Music City Bowl (Auburn
2003 Capital One Bowl (Auburn
1989 Gator Bowl (Clemson defeated
1988 Citrus Bowl (Clemson defeated
1981 Peach Bowl (