Iowa didn’t have to look very far to find its new offensive coordinator.
In fact, the Hawkeyes didn’t even have to leave their own offices.
Kirk Ferentz announced that his son, Brian Ferentz, will take over Greg Davis’ role as Iowa’s new offensive coordinator. Davis announced his retirement last week.
Brian Ferentz has been Iowa’s offensive line coach and run-game coordinator for the last five years. The former Iowa offensive lineman and captain will have a chance to run the offense that he played on in the early 2000s.
“It is an honor and privilege to be named offensive coordinator for the University of Iowa football program,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Before he came back to his old stomping grounds, Ferentz was the tight ends coach in New England, where he worked with All-Pro Rob Gronkowski. Ferentz served on Belichick’s staff for two years.
At Iowa, Ferentz played a part in helping the program reach its first Rose Bowl in a quarter century. He was also the leader of an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award, given annually to the top offensive front in college football.
Ferentz will have a chance to build the offense around a line that returns all of its starters and 1,000-yard rusher Akrum Wadley.