AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State head football coach Gene Chizik announced Wednesday the addition to his staff of a defensive line coach who has Division I-A coordinator experience, a former Big Ten quarterback and proven coach to tutor wide receivers and a coach with more than 20 years of experience to work in football operations.
co-defensive coordinator Mike Pelton will coach the Iowa State defensive linemen. Stephen F. Austin
quarterbacks coach Jay Rodgers will coach ISU receivers and Mississippi assistant
athletics director for football external affairs Barney Farrar will work in
football operations under Chizik. The trio joins offensive coordinator Robert
McFarland and defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt on the growing Cyclone football
2006, Pelton was the co-defensive coordinator in his sixth season at Troy. He worked four
seasons as the defensive ends coach. His efforts made an immediate impact.
Pelton coached two of the most dominant rush ends in Troy history. Demarcus Ware was drafted in the first
round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Osi Umenyiora was drafted in
the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
Pelton has developed a great rapport with the young men who have played for
him," Chizik said. "He also brings a great understanding of the ins and outs of
college football. He has coached NFL players at Troy and his coordinator experience will aid all of us in
Pelton's tenure, the Trojan defense was consistently among the nation's leaders
in several defensive categories. It ranked eighth nationally in rushing
defense and 16th in total defense during the 2004 season after coming
in 26th and 39th respectively, in those categories in
2003. In 2002, the Trojan defense finished fourth nationally in total defense,
allowing just 276.83 yards per game. At Troy during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Pelton
served under Bolt, who was working as defensive coordinator for the
excited about the possibilities," Pelton said. "The chance to work with coach
Bolt again and to do so under Gene Chizik was an opportunity I could not pass
up. I am ready to get going."
Pelton protégé, Dave Williams, was taken in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL
draft by the Miami Dolphins. Prior to his Troy experience, Pelton coached the
defensive line at Valdosta State in 2000 as the Blazers posted a 10-2
record and made the NCAA Division II playoffs
lettered four times as a defensive lineman at Auburn (1991-94), where he earned second-team
All-America honors in 1994. A native of Goshen, Ala.,
Pelton was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL
Draft. He moved to the Indianapolis Colts a year later as a free agent.
Pelton earned a bachelor's degree in health and promotions from Auburn in
spend the last two seasons has quarterbacks coach at Stephen F. Austin under
McFarland, the former Lumberjack head coach and new Iowa State offensive
coordinator. The former Indiana quarterback tutored two record-setting
quarterbacks in his two years at SFA. Danny Southall, the Southland Conference's
top-rated signal-caller in 2005, led the league in total offense last season,
averaging 208.64 yards per game.
has been a Big Ten quarterback and is a rising star in the football coaching
community," Chizik said. "He is the son of a coach who has proven himself as
coach and player on the field. He is a talented recruiter. He will
be a coordinator soon."
predecessor as Stephen F. Austin quarterback, Zeke Dixon, became one of the top
producing quarterbacks in SFA history under the tutelage of Rodgers. The 'Jacks
led the SLC in pass offense averaging 283.5 yards per game in 2005 and Dixon
finished among the league's top three in passing yards and total offense. He
recorded the school's fourth-best single-season mark in passing yards (2,407)
and the third-best effort in touchdown passes (20).
2000 graduate of Indiana, Rodgers served as the
quarterbacks' coach at Missouri State in 2004 and helped the Bears post
their first winning season in seven years. He formerly worked as an intern at
Ohio State and a graduate assistant at LSU before spending
one year at Dodge
was a chance to coach in a premier college football conference," Rodgers said.
"To get an opportunity to work under someone like Gene Chizik and do so under
coach (Robert) McFarland is something that I had to be a part of."
player, Rodgers spent three seasons at Indiana
where he started 15 games at quarterback before transferring to Missouri State for his senior season. He was voted
team captain and was the squad MVP in his lone season with the Bears in 1999,
setting several single-season passing records. Rodgers is a native of Austin, Texas.
comes to Iowa State after a year as assistant athletics director for
football external affairs at Mississippi. His move to Ole Miss came
after 12 years at Rice, where he coached under Owl head coach Ken
Hatfield. Farrar coached outside linebackers the first three seasons,
including on the 1994 Southwest Conference championship team. In 1997 he
became defensive ends coach and then he coached cornerbacks through the 2005
Farrar knows football," Chizik said. "He had a great career as a position coach
and has been to seven bowl games. At Mississippi, he moved into another aspect of
administrating an NCAA Division I-A BCS conference school. He has proven
himself as an able contributor to the day-to-day operations of a major college
(Gene) Chizik and I were graduate assistant coaches together at Clemson," Farrar
said. "You could tell even then that he had everything it took to be a great
success. He has a great drive to succeed and is known as a good person for
whom you would like to work."
earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Delta State in 1983 and a master's degree there
in physical education in 1985. The native of Kossuth, Miss., he played
football at Northeast (Miss.) Junior College
and at Delta
State. He began his
coaching career at Delta State before going to Clemson in several
positions under Hatfield until he moved on to Rice.