Urban Meyer hires former longtime Iowa staffer as director of sports performance for Jaguars
Former Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle has landed a new gig in the NFL. He’ll be joining Urban Meyer’s staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 2021 season.
On Thursday, Jacksonville announced the newest staff members that Meyer has hired. Doyle, who was at Iowa for two decades and was in charge of strength and conditioning, will be the director of sports performance in Jacksonville.
Director of Sport Performance: Chris Doyle
▪️ Served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Iowa from 1999-2019
▪️ Participated in 16 bowl games
▪️ Saw 55 Iowa players selected in the NFL Draft from 2005-2019 pic.twitter.com/CgHotjGgDK
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) February 11, 2021
Doyle and the University of Iowa mutually parted ways over the summer after multiple former and current players spoke out about “racial disparities” within the Hawkeyes football program. A number of those players cited Doyle in their complaints and criticisms of the program.
Doyle was with the Hawkeyes from 1999-2019. He’s also had stops at Syracuse, Notre Dame, Holy Cross, Wisconsin and Utah before joining Ferentz’s staff. This will be Doyle’s first job with an NFL team.
Meyer is preparing to enter his first season as the head coach of the Jaguars. It will also be his first year as a head coach in the NFL.