Kirk Ferentz names offensive line coach Brian Ferentz as new Iowa offensive coordinator


Kirk Ferentz didn't have to go too far to find his new offensive coordinator.

Just a few days after Greg Davis retired last week, Ferentz named his son, Brian, the new Iowa offensive coordinator.

Brian Ferentz spent the past six seasons as the Hawkeyes' offensive line coach and prior to that role worked for four seasons as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots. He played for his dad at Iowa from 2002 to 2005.

"It is an honor and privilege to be named offensive coordinator for the University of Iowa football program," Brian Ferentz said in the announcement. "As a member of the Hawkeye coaching staff, a former player and a kid who grew up around the black and gold, this is a special day for my family and me.

"I’ve had the good fortune to work with — and learn from — a number of great coaches, two who are coaching Saturday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs,  Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans and Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. It was an invaluable post-graduate coaching program for me. They taught me the value of coaching to your players’ strengths ... and instilled in me a relentless determination to win.

"As we look ahead to 2017, we will develop this Iowa team to be tough, smart, and physical — the foundation of Iowa football for the past 18 years. But to compete for a Big Ten championship, we must also be adaptable and flexible — to make the changes necessary that will give us the best opportunity to win."

Iowa didn't fare too well on offense this past season, ranking 10th in the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 24.9 points a game, and 12th in the conference in total offense, averaging 325 yards a game.

The Hawkeyes ended their season with a thud, falling to Florida in the Outback Bowl by a 30-3 score.

The Iowa offense will look different next season, with senior quarterback C.J. Beathard and senior running back LeShun Daniels Jr. moving on.

"Brian has been an integral member of our offensive coaching staff for five years, bringing national recognition to our offensive line and new levels of success in our running game," Kirk Ferentz said in the announcement. "Brian’s coaching experience here at Iowa, coupled with his time in the NFL, has prepared him well for his new responsibilities as the offensive coordinator for Iowa football."

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