Hawkeye assistant LeVar Woods has established himself as one of the best recruiters in the Big Ten over the past couple of years. He's already off to a good start in the 2018 cycle as well with his continuous presence in the state of Missouri, particularly St. Louis. He played an instrumental role in Iowa's recruiting successes in the state of Texas last year as well.
With success sometimes comes reward. Woods has received an additional title to pad onto his duties, responsibilities, and resume should that time come. Kirk Ferentz has named Woods the Iowa special teams coordinator. He was already the tight ends coach, and was previously a linebackers coach for the Hawkeyes as well.
"I skipped over a important note talking about LeVar," Ferentz said at his press conference to open spring football today. "LeVar will become officially our special teams coordinator."
That is one of a few moves that the Hawkeyes have made to the coaching staff this offseason. Running backs coach Chris White and wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy were relieved of their duties, and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Greg Davis retired.
Offensive line coach Brian Ferentz was named the new offensive coordinator to replace Davis and switched his duties from the line to the running backs. Kelton Copeland replaced Kennedy as receivers coach, Tim Polasek was hired to coach the offensive line, and Ken O'Keefe returns to Iowa as the quarterbacks coach.
Kirk Ferentz discussed all the moves.
"It's interesting," he pointed out. "All but one is in the same seat basically, or different seat I should say. LeVar is the only guy that is in the same seat. Everybody else is in a different seat or they're new to the room."
"It's been really good," Ferentz added. "It's like putting a team together. The staff just has to learn what language we're going to use, what are we going to call this play, how do things flow together, piece together logically. It's been a good exchange. You come in with different perspectives, different backgrounds. Ken has been here, but he's been gone for five years, five years in the NFL. So he brings a little bit different perspective certainly than what he left with. That's been really helpful. You have different levels of experience, levels of experience in those positions, too. The guys were former coordinators, as well. So that's been beneficial. I think it's really come together really well."