IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz expects his newest assistant coach to help the Hawkeyes on the field and on the recruiting trail.
Derrick Foster, the running backs coach and running game coordinator at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., the past two seasons was named Tuesday as the 10th assistant coach at Iowa, filling a newly-created position allowed by the NCAA this month.
A native of Goshen, Ala., Foster’s coaching resume includes working as a wide receivers and running backs coach at Northwestern State, Tennessee and Valdosta State following his graduation from Southwest Baptist College in Missouri in 2010.
Foster was hired as an offensive assistant at Iowa and his position responsibilities have yet to be determined but will involve personnel on the offensive side of the ball.
“Our goal was to use this additional coaching position to help us in multiple areas, and we did that,’’ Ferentz said in a statement announcing the hire. “We gained Derrick as a coach, we bolstered our recruiting capabilities and we strengthened our commitment to special teams.’’
Ferentz previously announced that the additional staff position would allow LeVar Woods, who spent last season coaching tight ends and working with special teams, to become Iowa’s special teams coordinator.
Woods’ focus beginning with the upcoming season will be entirely centered on special teams, which Ferentz calls “a significant phase of our game.’’
The 20th-year Iowa coach said he was attracted to Foster as he sought an additional assistant because of his work as a coach and recruiter.
“Derrick is an outstanding person and has built an impressive resume with experience at multiple levels of college football,’’ Ferentz said. “He has an impressive record of success on the recruiting trail that will strengthen and expand our existing efforts.’’