Ferentz announces new coaches

BY BEN ROSS | FEBRUARY 25, 2013 5:00 AM

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Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz said he is done searching for coaches to add to his staff at a press conference Feb. 22.

After the departures of Darrell Wilson, Lester Erb, Erik Campbell, and David Raih, Ferentz added four individuals to replace them.

Jim Reid has been added to help coach linebackers alongside LeVar Woods. Bobby Kennedy will replace Campbell as the wide-receiver coach, and Chris White, formerly of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, will supplant Erb as a running-back coach and a special-team coordinator. DJ Hernandez rounds out the hirings, as a graduate assistant who will focus on working with the tight ends. 

“As far as I know, we’re locked in.  Chris was the last piece of the puzzle, and he’ll actually be down here next week starting work,” Ferentz said. “We’ll all be here working together a week from Monday.”

Reid comes to Iowa after serving as the defensive coordinator and associate head coach at the University of Virginia for the past two seasons. Kennedy, who served on the staff at the University Texas during the same time as Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis, has been working with wide receivers for the past two years at Colorado.

White worked primarily as the special-team coordinator for the Vikings for the past four years. Before joining the Vikings, White served on the coaching staff at Syracuse for nine seasons.

“I am very excited to have Chris join our staff,” Ferentz said. “Chris has considerable special-team, offensive, and recruiting experience from college and professional football to offer our program.”

Notes: Junior fullback Brad Rogers and linebacker Jim Poggi will no longer be a part of the Iowa football program for medical reasons.

Offensive linemen Andrew Donnal and Brandon Scherff, who each succumbed to season-ending injuries against Penn State on Oct. 20, were said to be ready to compete in spring practice on March. 25.

Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker will pull double duty this season, also coaching the defensive backs to replace the departed Wilson.

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