CEDAR FALLS — On the day its players reported to camp, the Northern Iowa football team solidified its on-field coaching staff for the 2017 season.
The Panthers added two familiar faces to Mark Farley’s staff with the hires of D.J. Vokolek and D.P. Eyman. Vokolek will serve as both an assistant head coach and linebackers coach, while Eyman will be an offensive assistant working with the team’s running backs.
This will be Vokolek’s second stint at UNI. He served as the Panther’s defensive coordinator in 2005, when they reached the FCS national championship game.
He most recently served as an assistant at the University of Buffalo in 2015, following a nine-season stint as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Missouri State.
Eyman, who was a member of the 2005 team, returns to Cedar Falls after stops at Florida Atlantic, San Jose State, Concordia University-St. Paul, the Colorado School of Mines and Iowa City High School.
A former quarterback and wide receiver, Eyman played on three FCS playoff qualifying teams while at UNI. He had his best season as a senior in 2009, when he caught 42 passes for 540 yards and five touchdowns.
UNI opens the season on Sept. 2 with a road game against Iowa State.