Iowa Football Announces Staff Realignment

Feb. 14, 2008

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz announced today a realignment of his Hawkeye coaching staff.

As part of the announcement, Ferentz announced that Erik Campbell, former assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Michigan, will join the Hawkeye coaching staff to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Carl Jackson. Campbell will coach Iowa’s wide receivers and tight ends.

Lester Erb, who has coached wide receivers and special teams over the past eight seasons, will coach Iowa’s running backs, while continuing to work with special teams.

Darrell Wilson will assume the responsibility of coaching Iowa’s linebackers and will continue his duties in assisting with Iowa’s special teams. Wilson has coached the outside linebacker position the previous six years.

Eric Johnson will continue as Iowa’s recruiting coordinator, while adding the responsibilities of assistant linebacker coach. Johnson, a member of the Iowa staff for nine years, has coached tight ends over the past five seasons.

Norm Parker will maintain his responsibilities as Iowa’s defensive coordinator and Rick Kaczenski’s position as defensive line coach will not change.

“I felt Erik Campbell was the best overall fit for our program and am confident that Lester can transition easily and do a great job with our running backs,” said Ferentz. “Defensively, Norm will continue to oversee and direct our defense and Darrell will pick up the responsibility of directing all three linebacker positions.

“Eric will assist Darrell on the field and also be able to increase the amount of time he can spend on recruiting and personnel matters,” added Ferentz. “I am confident our adjustments will allow us to work even more efficiently and effectively as a staff.”

The Hawkeyes will begin spring workouts in late March and conclude activities with their final workout on Saturday, April 19.

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