New Hawkeye Assistant

Discussion in 'Football' started by RobHowe, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. InGoodCo

    InGoodCo Well-Known Member

    I am from Avoca, IA - Jay's a great guy and a good hire IMO.
  2. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Official Release from UI

    IOWA CITY, Iowa - - Jay Niemann, an Iowa native who coached football in the state of Iowa from 1989-2007, has been added to the University of Iowa football staff as its 10th assistant coach, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Thursday.

    Niemann is a native of Avoca, Iowa. He will serve as Iowa’s assistant defensive line coach and assistant recruiting coordinator. Niemann was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Rutgers University the past three seasons and joins the Hawkeyes after being named linebackers coach at Wyoming earlier this spring.

    “We had an excellent pool of coaching candidates, but one clearly stood out and that was Jay Niemann. Few coaches in college football today have Jay’s extensive defensive experience,” said Ferentz. “I’ve had the good fortune to know Jay for years – first as a coach and then as a parent when we recruited both of his sons. In every instance, I’ve always been impressed with him. He will be a valuable addition to our staff and program.”

    Both of Niemann’s sons have been involved in the Iowa football program. Ben was a letterman from 2014-17 and was a rookie with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. Nick heads into his junior season as a Hawkeye linebacker.

    “As native Iowans, Lou Ann and I could not be more excited to be returning to our home state. As the parents of two sons who have been in the Hawkeye program, we know the strong commitment to both academic and football success at the University of Iowa,” said Niemann. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to be affiliated with such a highly respected coach like Kirk Ferentz, as well as his outstanding staff.”

    Along with the past three seasons at Rutgers, Niemann was the defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois from 2011-15. He coached linebackers at Rutgers and safeties at Northern Illinois and was the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Hardin-Simmons from 2008-10.

    Niemann served as the head coach at Simpson College from 2002-07. He was on the Northern Iowa coaching staff from 1997-2001, coaching the secondary and linebackers. He was defensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000. Niemann joined the Drake University staff in 1989, and was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs in 1995 and 1996. He began his coaching career at Western Washington in 1985 and was a graduate assistant coach at Washington from 1986-88.

    Niemann's 2018 defense at Rutgers ranked 19th in the nation and fourth in the Big Ten in pass defense, allowing opponents 186.7 yards per game. The Scarlet Knights ranked 45th in the nation in pass defense efficiency, with a rating of 123.29, and 46th in the nation in red-zone defense (.814).

    Northern Illinois won the Mid-American Conference West Division all five seasons (2011-15) Niemann was on the staff, capturing the MAC Championship three times (2011, '12 and '14). The Huskies played in a bowl game each of those five seasons. Northern Illinois won the 2011 GoDaddy Bowl and played in the Orange Bowl following the 2012 season.

    During his tenure at Hardin-Simmons, Niemann helped turn a defense that ranked last in the nation prior to his arrival into the No. 2 unit in the American Southwest Conference in 2009. He helped guide Hardin-Simmons to the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division III playoffs.

    Niemann compiled a 32-29 record in his six seasons (2002-07) as head coach at Simpson. He led the Storm to the 2003 NCAA Division III Playoffs while also serving as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. He was named the 2003 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year.

    Niemann coached the secondary (1997, 2001), linebackers (1998-2000) and served as defensive coordinator (1999-2000) during his five seasons at Northern Iowa. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals of the 2001 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

    Prior to his arrival at UNI, Niemann spent eight seasons at Drake. After serving as the defensive backs coach from 1989-94, he was promoted to defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 1995. In his final three seasons, the Bulldog defense ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense, pass efficiency defense and total defense.

    Niemann coached linebackers and special teams in 1985 at Western Washington while pursuing his master's degree. Niemann accepted a graduate assistant position at Washington in 1986, working with the Husky linebackers and defensive backs while coaching under Washington legends Don James and Jim Lambright.

    Niemann completed his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Iowa State in 1983, and received his master's degree in educational administration from Western Washington in 1987. He played linebacker at Iowa State from 1979-82.
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  3. guffus

    guffus Well-Known Member

    Some things that jumped out to me.

    Jay Niemnan is 58 years old. Not as old as Reese Morgan, but Jay is probably closer to retirement than the other Iowa coaches.

    Jay will be the assistant Defensive Line coach, the position that Bell used to hold before he was promoted to Head DL coach. I guess this means that Wallace does not need any help with the LB's and Parker does not need help with the DB's.
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  4. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Niemann also will be the assistant recruiting coordinator with Tyler Barnes expected to be promoted from recruiting director to recruiting coordinator. Not sure they will need a recruiting director with an assistant recruiting coordinator.
  5. westender

    westender Well-Known Member

    What are the highlights of Avoca, Iowa?
  6. InGoodCo

    InGoodCo Well-Known Member

    we have a Casey's
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  7. BigD

    BigD Well-Known Member


    Although I always liked their taco pizzas.
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  8. BigD

    BigD Well-Known Member

    I really don’t think this hire will make much of a difference. The defense will continue to be what carries our football program.

    The offense likely will continue to be an anchor dragging and hindering the program. This up coming season will be extremely important in determining Brian’s future pathway as OC.

    This piss poor showing on the offensive side of the ball for over a decade only works for a 7-5 coach with twenty year tenure (only at Iowa), Time to put up or shut up, shit or get off the pot. Oh, but of course daddy is in charge isn’t he? Prove me wrong Brian!!! I would love that instead of watching slow methodical boring offensive schemes year after year, after year, after year, after year, after year, after year..........................
  9. hawkdrummer1

    hawkdrummer1 Well-Known Member

    taco pizza is overrated. ;)
  10. GoHawks24

    GoHawks24 Well-Known Member

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  11. westender

    westender Well-Known Member

    Guess I won't take that I-80 exit unless I need gas at that point then.
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  12. BigD

    BigD Well-Known Member

  13. hawkdrummer1

    hawkdrummer1 Well-Known Member

    next thing, you'll be defending pineapple on pizza...
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    BILLYBOBSTEXAS Well-Known Member

    Don't care for it on pizza but ham steak on the other hand........................
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  15. karras

    karras Well-Known Member

    First we get excellent athletes to come here, then hire the parent

    on the upside, when he retires in 5 years I can think of a coach in Michigan whose names rhymes with perentz that we can hire
  16. tweeterhawk

    tweeterhawk Well-Known Member

    Shrimp. Gotta be shrimp.
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  17. westender

    westender Well-Known Member

    And does that Caseys have clean restrooms?
  18. BigD

    BigD Well-Known Member

    Casey’s has clean restrooms?
  19. HuckFinn

    HuckFinn Well-Known Member

    Taco to pizza is like military to intelligence.
  20. Denverhawk1

    Denverhawk1 Well-Known Member

    You bite your tongue.