Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has rounded out his staff for the 2019 season, hiring a 10th assistant this week.
Wednesday nights, Iowa released a statement saying that Jay Niemann will be the 10th assistant on the Hawkeyes’ staff for the upcoming season. He will serve as the assistant defensive line coach and assistant recruiting coordinator.
Niemann was hired to be the linebackers coach at Wyoming earlier this spring, but the Avoca, Iowa native couldn’t pass on the opportunity to join Ferentz in Iowa City. He spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Rutgers.
“We had an excellent pool of coaching candidates but one clearly stood out and that was Jay Niemann. Few coaches in college football today have Jay’s extensive defensive experience,” Ferentz said. “I’ve had the good fortune to know Jay for years — first as a coach and then as a parent when we recruited both of his sons. In every instance, I’ve always been impressed with him. He will be a valuable addition our staff and program.”
Both of Niemann’s sons have played for Ferentz. Ben Niemann played from 2014-17 and Nick Niemann is a current member of the Hawkeyes, entering his junior year.
Before becoming the defensive coordinator at Rutgers, Niemann served as the defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois from 2011-15.