Eric Copeland is in his first year as a graduate assistant coach with the University of Iowa football program. He assists with the Hawkeye wide receivers.
Copeland joins the Iowa staff after serving as a graduate assistant coach at John Carroll University the past two seasons, where he coached the defensive cornerbacks. He also worked with the offensive scout team and recruited Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
In his first year at John Carroll, Copeland worked with a secondary that ranked eighth in the nation among Division III programs in passing yards allowed per game (148), with one individual earning honorable mention all-conference honors.
Copeland previously coached at Massillon Washington High School in 2017-18, coaching the defensive line and fullbacks. Massillon Washington’s defense allowed just 14.9 points per game in 2018, finishing the season as Division II state runner-up. Copeland also served as defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator for the junior varsity squad.
Copeland was an offensive assistant in 2017 as Massillon Washington was the OHSAA Division II Region VII champion.
Copeland began his coaching career at Rittman, Ohio, High School in 2015, serving as assistant defensive coordinator. He worked with linebackers, running backs and H-backs, as three Rittman linebackers earned all-conference honorable mention recognition.
Copeland attended the University of Akron, earning his bachelor’s degree in December, 2016, in Sports Studies, with a concentration in Coaching Education. He graduated Cum Laude, earning Dean’s List recognition in five of seven semesters. He earned a master’s degree in Sport Management from Cleveland State in 2020, and an M.A. degree in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University in 2021.
While at Akron Copeland worked with the Office of Multicultural Development as a Peer Mentor, mentoring 25 African American freshmen male students through their first year on campus. Five freshmen students earned Dean’s List honors in multiple semesters. He earned Most Motivated Peer Mentor Award in 2015.
Copeland graduated from Massillon Washington High School in 2013, where he served as football team captain.
Copeland is a native of Massillon, Ohio. He was born Dec. 29, 1994. Eric and his girlfriend, Reiven, have a daughter, Rylee.