After relieving Chris White and Bobby Kennedy of their duties not too long ago, the Iowa football program was on the hunt for new assistants. They promoted Brian Ferentz to offensive coordinator after Greg Davis retired and brought back former offensive coordinator, Ken O'Keefe to fill Davis' absence as the QB coach.
Today the University made it official that they would hire Tim Polasek, former North Dakota State offensive coordinator, as their offensive line coach and Kelton Copeland, former Northern Illinois wide receiver's/special teams coach, as their wide receiver's coach.
Polasek will come from an extremely successful program with NDSU. He rejoined their staff as OC and running backs coach in January 2014 after spending the 2013 season as an assistant on the Northern Illinois staff.
The NDSU program is one that bullied the Hawkeyes on the Kinnick Stadium turf back in the middle of September. He has experience coaching running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and special teams. He could bring a breath of fresh air to a Hawkeye team that probably needs one.
"Tim has been involved in programs that have won at a very high level, earning a reputation as a great teacher, and as an individual who has established great relationships with his co-workers and players," Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement.
The Bison are very similar to the Hawkeyes in that they are a power run, pro-style team. But their blocking schemes differ from that of the Hawkeyes. I assume Polasek will have a say in offensive schemes and will implement some of his own stuff.
Copeland spent the last 4 seasons in Dekalb, IL at Northern Illinois University. He coached running backs, wide receivers, and special teams during that time. He was also the wide receiver coach at Emporia State from 2004-05, Coffeyville Community College for 2 seasons, and South Dakota back in 2011-12. So, he brings plenty of experience to the position.
"Kelton, much like Tim, has been an assistant coach who has played a key role in the success of the programs he has been involved with. His players and special teams units have posted great accomplishments, and he is very well respected as an up-and-coming assistant coach. Both Tim and Kelton add vibrant personalities to our staff. We expect both will be a great fit for our entire program, the university, and the community," Ferentz admitted.
The University will hold an official press conference on Thursday afternoon to introduce the new coaches.
"We are excited to add two extremely successful individuals who have worked in highly competitive programs to our staff," said Ferentz.
Iowa will now wait until April until the NCAA decides on whether to add a 10th assistant spot. That is expected to pass and the assistant will probably wind up on the defensive side of the ball.