Iowa had a vacancy at offensive coordinator when Greg Davis retired only a few days ago. They've quickly filled it with the hiring of Brian Ferentz. Head coach Kirk Ferentz's son is the new offensive coordinator for the Hawkeyes.
Brian Ferentz was the offensive line coach the last five seasons and running game coordinator for Iowa the last two seasons. Brian also played for his father at Iowa as an offensive lineman from 2002-2005.
Brian's first coaching experience was with the New England Patriots where he worked under Bill Belichick and Bill O'Brien.
He accepted his father's offer to become the offensive line coach for Iowa after his four years in the northeast. Iowa football means a lot to him and he couldn't be happier with his newest promotion.
“It is an honor and privilege to be named offensive coordinator for the University of Iowa football program,” said Brian Ferentz in a statement released to the press. “As a member of the Hawkeye coaching staff, a former player and a kid who grew up around the black and gold, this is a special day for my family and me I’ve had the good fortune to work with -- and learn from -- a number of great coaches, two who are coaching Saturday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans and Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. It was an invaluable post-graduate coaching program for me. They taught me the value of coaching to your players’ strengths… and instilled in me a relentless determination to win."
"As we look ahead to 2017, we will develop this Iowa team to be tough, smart, and physical -- the foundation of Iowa football for the past 18 years," the new offensive coordinator added. "But to compete for a Big Ten championship, we must also be adaptable and flexible -- to make the changes necessary that will give us the best opportunity to win.”
Head coach Kirk Ferentz also commented on his newest offensive coordinator.
“Brian has been an integral member of our offensive coaching staff for five years, bringing national recognition to our offensive line and new levels of success in our running game,” said Kirk Ferentz. “Brian’s coaching experience here at Iowa, coupled with his time in the NFL, has prepared him well for his new responsibilities as the offensive coordinator for Iowa football.”
Athletic director Gary Barta issued some final comments about Brian Ferentz becoming the new play-caller at Iowa.
"During the course of the past year and a half, Kirk and I have had discussions in regards to a succession plan for whenever Greg Davis elected to retire. One possibility has always been moving Brian into that role," said Gary Barta, the UI's director of athletics. "I've had good conversations with Brian and Kirk the past few days. I'm pleased and excited for Brian to take this next step in his career. He's prepared and ready, and I'm confident he'll be successful."