Iowa DC Phil Parker will make state history with new salary
Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker will be making state history, according to a report from HawkCentral.com.
Per the report, head coach Kirk Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta have signed off on a rolling two-year contract for Parker that is worth at least $2.2 million through the 2022 season. That would make Parker the first assistant coach in the state to make over $1 million.
Parker has been the defensive coordinator for the Hawkeyes since 2012 but has been with the program in 1999. He started out as the defensive backs coach in 1999 and was in that role through 2011.
Since 2013, Parker has been the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Iowa’s scoring defense has ranked second in the B1G each of the last three seasons and hasn’t surrendered an average of over 20 points per game since 2015 (20.4). Last year, the Hawkeyes allowed 16 points per game during a 6-2 campaign. In 2019, Iowa’s defense surrendered just 14 points per contest during a 10-3 season.
The Hawkeyes have consistently had one of the B1G’s top defenses under Parker’s leadership. Iowa was willing to compensate the longtime defensive coordinator for his efforts.