Iowa's two vacant football positions are now filled. Seth Wallace's move to linebackers coach left a recruiting position void and Chic Ejiasi leaving for the Tennessee Titans freed up the Director of Player Development job.
Broderick Binns has been named Iowa's new Director of Player Development, replacing Ejiasi. Tyler Barnes (Kirk Ferentz's son-in-law) has been named Iowa's new Director of Recruiting.
"Broderick and Tyler bring important strengths to complement our coaching staff," Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. "A comprehensive recruiting program and a proactive player development program are critical to our continued success."
Binns was a four-year letterwinner as an Iowa defensive end and served two years as a graduate assistant. He's also a native of St. Paul, Minnesota.
"Broderick has been a valuable contributor to our success the past two years," Ferentz provided in an Iowa press release. "With his experience in the program as both a player, and graduate assistant coach, Broderick has a full understanding of the program and what it takes for us to have success. We are excited to have Broderick as a full-time member of our support staff."
Barnes re-joins the Ferentz family in Iowa City after a few years in Nashville, Tennessee where he was the Director of Player Personnel at Vanderbilt. He held that position with the Commodores for the past two seasons, after a year of co-recruiting coordinator for the SEC program.
Barnes previously held student assistant, graduate assistant, and administrative assistant roles with the Hawkeyes program from 2009-2012.
"Tyler also returns with several years of experience within our program," Ferentz shared. "His added experience from another high-quality college football program allows him to bring valuable input and insights to our program."