Report: Key Iowa assistant coach expected to be top candidate for open coordinator jobs
Iowa linebackers coach Seth Wallace is expected to be a candidate for major defensive coordinator openings in this cycle of the coaching carousel, according to a report.
That’s per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, who says Wallace, 41, could be a candidate to replace Clark Lea at Notre Dame. Lea is expected to be the next head coach at Vanderbilt.
Somewhat related to the Lea news, hearing #Iowa assistant-DC/linebackers coach Seth Wallace will be a candidate for top coordinator jobs in the upcoming cycle. Has done very impressive work alongside primary DC Phil Parker. Could be a replacement for Lea at Notre Dame.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 14, 2020
Indiana’s defensive coordinator position is also vacant, as Kane Wommack took the South Alabama head coaching job earlier this week.
Iowa’s defense has been one of the best in the Big Ten this season. It’s a key reason why the Hawkeyes are on a six-game winning streak heading into Championship Weekend.
Wallace has been the linebackers coach at Iowa since 2016 and has been on staff since 2014. He was previously the Hawkeyes’ recruiting coordinator and has also coached defensive backs and the defensive line. Wallace served as a graduate assistant from 2006-08.
Prior to re-joining the Iowa coaching staff in 2014, Wallace was the defensive coordinator at Valdosta State from 2010-13. In 2012, he helped Valdosta State win the NCAA Division II national title with a 12-2 overall record.
Wallace is an Iowa native and attended Grinnell High School. In his playing days, he was a team captain at Coe College, which is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.