A pair of additions to Iowa’s coaching staff will have a very familiar feel to both the football program and its fan base.
The Hawkeyes announced via a press release Saturday morning that two former Iowa football players, LeVar Woods and Brian Ferentz, have been hired by their alma mater. The former will coach linebackers while the latter will handle the offensive line.
“I am excited to have LeVar and Brian, two men with strong ties to our program and high school football within the state of Iowa, join our staff,” head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. “LeVar and Brian had great careers at the University of Iowa and both have enjoyed unique experiences and opportunities since their graduation. I am confident they will make positive and significant contributions in all areas of our program.”
Woods was a three-year letterman at Iowa from 1998-2000, and has been an administrative assistant with the program since 2008. He took over defensive line responsibilities for the Hawkeyes’ bowl game following the 2011 season.
Ferentz, the son of the head coach, was a three-year letterman at UI as well (2003-05) and has spent the past four seasons as a member of Bill Belichick‘s New England Patriots coaching staff.
The hiring of Woods and Ferentz leaves the Hawkeyes with one vacancy on its staff, created when offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe left for a job with the Miami Dolphins.