It's Official: Chizik Named Iowa State Coach

Gene Chizik has been named head coach at Iowa State, Cyclones Athletic Director Jamie Pollard announced on Monday. The former Texas Co-Defensive Coordinator will begin his duties at ISU immediately and not coach the Longhorns in their bowl game.

Texas coach Mack Brown said Monday he wouldn't address any staff additions until after the bowl game. Co-Defensive Coordinator/DBs Coach Akina would take over the play-calling responsibilities for the defense for the bowl game, Brown added. Brown also said that second-year graduate assistant coach Jeff Koonz, who has worked with Chizik in coaching the linebackers the past two years, would handle the linebackers coaching duties during bowl preparation.

"We really appreciate the job Gene has done for us the past two years," Brown said. "He brought some fresh ideas, great energy and enthusiasm and a tireless work ethic to our program. You won't find anyone in our program that has anything but great things to say about Gene. He's a bright, young coach who has a tremendous future ahead of him. He'll do a terrific job for Iowa State."

"On behalf of my family and myself, I want to thank Mack Brown, DeLoss Dodds and everyone at The University of Texas for two great years of being associated with a National Championship program," Chizik said. "The University of Texas and its football program demonstrate character, class and integrity as a way of life. I feel truly honored to have been a part of that."

Added Chizik: "Mack Brown has been not only a tremendous football coach but a great influence in my life. He's been a role model, friend and mentor and for that I'm truly grateful. Coach Brown has made me a better coach, a better father and a better man. I will always remember these two years at The University of Texas as two of the greatest in my coaching career. I would like to say thank you to all of the assistant coaches and staff and especially the guys I worked so closely with on defense. It¹s been an honor and a pleasure working with Coach (Duane) Akina, Coach Tolley (Mike Tolleson) and Coach (Oscar) Giles. The defense will be in great hands with them."

Chizik joins Greg Robinson (Syracuse) and Dick Tomey (San Jose State) as the third coach on Mack Brown¹s staff to move on to a head coaching position in the last three years. It also means that Longhorn seniors will play for their third defensive coordinator in 2007.

"We've combined great continuity with fresh ideas in developing some really good defenses in the nine years we¹ve been here and Duane and Mike Tolleson have been involved in most of it," Brown said. "Along with Oscar Giles, who is in his second season, we've established a solid foundation that we've been able to build on every year. We're looking forward to continuing to do that."

Chizik joined the Longhorn staff in January, 2005 after spending three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Auburn. He co-coordinated a defense with Duane Akina that ranked 10th nationally in total defense (302.9 ypg), eighth in scoring (16.4 ppg) and eighth in passing (172.0 ypg) en route to the Horns first National Championship in 35 years in 2005. In 2006, the Longhorns currently rank second nationally in rushing defense (58.8), 23rd in total defense (291.9 ypg) but No. 100 (of 119 Division-I teams) in pass defense, in surrendering 230.8 ypg through the air.

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