IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa Football is looking for a new offensive line coach with Wyoming announcing it hired Tim Polasek as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Wednesday.
"First and foremost I'd like to thank my wife, Jill, for being by my side on this wild journey," Polasek said in a Wyoming press release. "She can't wait to get to Laramie and meet the rest of the staff.
"To reunite with (Wyoming head) coach (Craig) Bohl, a true mentor of mine, is very special. A long time ago Coach Bohl took a chance on me and helped me learn how to be a teacher and a leader. He laid the foundation of what is my coaching philosophy and teaching style. I will do everything I can to help him continue his success with Cowboy Football.
"A huge thank you to (Iowa head coach) Kirk Ferentz for taking a shot on an offensive coach who had never coached the O-line. I've learned so much in my four years at Iowa, and I will forever be grateful. He taught me what is really important in this business and what is just noise. In my time at Iowa, I can honestly say that I learned something from him every day. Coach Ferentz and his staff exemplify what it is to be true professionals. I wish them all the best moving forward.
"I would like to thank all of my former players for accepting me and allowing me to help them achieve success and reach their full potential. They all hold a special place in my heart. Their improvements, their journeys and their accomplishments are truly why I love coaching football.
"I can't wait to get to Laramie to see the first-class facilities and meet everyone in the program. I'm excited to get to work with the staff and players. It's going to be important that we have a strong connection, communicate at a high level and challenge each other daily. Go Pokes!"
"We're excited about welcoming Tim Polasek to the Cowboy family," Bohl said in the press release. "His experience coaching on the offensive side of the football is going to add great value as we continue to re-engineer and improve our offense going into the 2021 season."
Polasek worked under Bohls and current Kansas State coach Chris Klieman at North Dakota State for 10 seasons before becoming Iowa's offensive line coach in 2017. The Wisconsin native was part of four FCS national championships, five Missouri Valley Football Conference titles and one Great West Football Conference title with the Bison.
Tyler Linderbaum, Alaric Jackson and Cole Banwart earned all-Big Ten honors in 2020 under Polasek's guidance. Former Hawkeye Tristan Wirfs, who just started as a rookie for Super-Bowl winning Tampa Bay on Sunday, was named the conference's offensive lineman of the year in '19.
Polasek coached 12 all-league selections during his four seasons in Iowa City.