Nov. 20, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – As the Iowa Hawkeyes wrap up preparations for Saturday’s (2:33 p.m., ABC) Big Ten Conference battle with Wisconsin, Seth Wallace says he feels comfortable in his role as UI’s recruiting coordinator and defensive assistant.
After previously serving as a graduate assistant with the Hawkeyes (2006-08), Wallace returned to the staff prior to the start of the season and hit the ground running. With two games remaining in the regular season, Wallace says there still hasn’t been much time to sit back and relax.
“I think it’s still in a hurry, hurry mode, there is no time to come above water,” said Wallace. “From a recruiting standpoint, nothing has changed, there is really no break. I have had the opportunity to get out of the office and go out and see prospects, and do the coaching aspect as well. It hasn’t slowed down at all.”
The Iowa football program added positions to the staff to assist in recruiting, and Wallace has appreciated the assistance from everyone on the staff.
“It’s gone great, our staff numbers have increased by two or three,” said Wallace. “It’s more hands on with those guys and we are able to reach new avenues with their help. They are great people to work with, guys who are all in, guys who are trying to make a difference here and help gain an edge from a recruiting standpoint.”
The Hawkeye coaching staff has also changed since Wallace was a graduate assistant, and he says everyone has been on the same page, both on the field and in recruiting.
“There are different personalities and different ideas,” said Wallace. “Some of the guys I wasn’t familiar with from my previous time here, as far as getting to know them and knowing what they are looking for from a recruiting standpoint. It has transitioned well. I think we are all on the same page and moving forward. From that standpoint things have been good.”
The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 13th time in 14 seasons, and Wallace says winning, and facilities, play key roles in the recruiting game. The Iowa program will move into the new Football Performance Center shortly after the final regular season game, just in time to prepare for the bowl game.
“Our new facility is obviously a big selling point. It boils down to whether or not an individual chooses to come here to see it our facilities,” said Wallace. “It’s our job to make sure we get individuals here to see the facilities we have to offer. Once they do, I think the new facility stands along in the Big Ten and is one of the best in the country.
With seven victories in their first 10 games, the Hawkeyes host Wisconsin and Nebraska to close the regular season with a pair of home games.
“It makes it much easier when you are winning, there is no doubt about that,” said Wallace. “We put ourselves in a great position to play a big game Saturday, and then another one a week from Friday. The more you win, the better it is for recruiting. It attracts people. There are a lot of big names, from a recruiting standpoint, who will be here this weekend.”
Tickets for the final two home games remain on sale at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, by phone (1-800-IA-HAWKS) or online at hawkeyesports.com.