March 1, 2007
IOWA CITY, IA –
Rick Kaczenski has been named interim defensive line coach for the University of Iowa football program. The announcement came today from Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.
Kaczenski, 32, takes over for Ron Aiken, who left the program to accept a similar position with the National Football League Arizona Cardinals.
“Rick has done an outstanding job as a member of our staff the past two years,” said Ferentz. “I am confident he’ll do very well with his new responsibilities. Rick is committed to helping players develop and improve in all areas of their lives. He is a strong teacher and he is enthusiastic in his approach.
“Rick understands and appreciates the values and traditions of our program, our athletic department and our University. Like the rest of our staff, he is eager to help our players and program move forward in a positive direction.”
Kaczenski has spent the last two years as a graduate assistant on the Hawkeye staff working with the offensive line.
Kaczenski played college football at Notre Dame, where he was a three-year starter (1993-96). As an offensive lineman, he helped the Fighting Irish to four straight bowl appearances.
Iowa spring football begins Wednesday (March 7th) and concludes with a controlled scrimmage in Kinnick Stadium on April 14th.