Report: Iowa offensive assistant coach expected to be hired by NFL team
Iowa running back coach Derrick Foster is reportedly heading to the NFL.
That’s according to a report from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, who says he’s expected to be hired by the Los Angeles Chargers.
Sources: Iowa running backs coach Derrick Foster is expected to be hired by the Los Angeles Chargers.
Led a group this season that included first-team All-Big Ten running back Tyler Goodson. Was previously the running backs coach and run game coordinator at Samford.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 3, 2021
The Chargers are now led by coach Brandon Staley, who spent last season as the defensive coordinator for the Rams.
Staley and Foster overlapped for one season at Tennessee in 2012. Both coaches were assistants on Derek Dooley’s staff in Knoxville. Staley was a graduate assistant and Foster assisted the offensive coordinator and running backs coach.
This would be a huge loss for Iowa, as Foster has become one of the best running back coaches in the country. He helped develop Tyler Goodson and Mekhi Sargent, who both averaged over five yards per carry this season. That duo cleared over 700 yards from scrimmage each in 2019.
Foster also served as Iowa’s offensive recruiting coordinator.
Perhaps the good news for the Hawkeyes is that Foster is not listed as the primary recruiter of any players in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports.
Foster has been on staff since 2018.