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One of Ferentz’s original hires to leave Iowa coaching staff

[ 0 ] April 19, 2014 |

Eric Johnson, a member of the Iowa football coaching staff for 15 years, is leaving the staff to pursue a career opportunity outside of football.

The announcement was made Saturday by Johnson and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.

“I know Eric and his family have given this decision great attention and thought, and we all wish them the best as they move forward,” Ferentz said in a statement. “Eric has been a valued staff member since he joined our original staff in 1999 and has made many contributions to our program and team as a coach, recruiter and mentor. I am very appreciative of Eric’s efforts and his commitment to Iowa and wish him all the best in the future.”

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

In the same press release, Johnson said: “My family and I can’t thank everyone enough for our 15 years at Iowa. It has been a great time in our lives. From a family standpoint, we had a chance to raise our children in a tremendous community. From a professional standpoint, I have worked for the best person in college football. Coach Ferentz is the best teacher, leader, and person I have ever been around; he truly embodies the Iowa way. I have also been mentored by three great coordinators in Norm Parker, Phil Parker and Ken O’Keefe, and had the opportunity to work with one of the best people anyone can ask for in Reese Morgan.”

Johnson joined the Iowa staff in 1999 and has served as Iowa’s recruiting coordinator for 10 years. In addition to his duties as recruiting coordinator, Johnson has assisted with the defensive line the past two seasons. Johnson coached Hawkeye tight ends in 2010 and 2011 after assisting with Hawkeye linebackers in 2008 and 2009. Johnson coached Iowa’s tight ends for five seasons (2003-07) and served as Iowa’s quality control assistant for three years. He was a defensive graduate assistant during his first year on the Iowa staff.

Johnson has been heavily involved in Iowa’s recruiting efforts since joining the Hawkeye staff. He ranked as one of the top 10 recruiting coordinators in the country by Tom Lemming in 2001 and was named one of the top 10 Recruiters in the Big Ten Conference by Rivals.com in 2007.

Iowa will conclude spring drills with the spring scrimmage next Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in Kinnick Stadium. Pre-event activities begin in Krause Family Plaza at 11:30 a.m., with gates to Kinnick Stadium opening at 1 p.m.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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