Football adds an assistant coach

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Kirk Ferentz’s staff grew on Monday, as he announced the hiring of Derrick Foster.

By Adam Hensley

adam-hensley@uiowa.edu

Iowa football has a new assistant coach.

Derrick Foster joined the Iowa staff, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced on Monday.

“Derrick is an outstanding person and has built an impressive résumé with experience at multiple levels of college football,” Ferentz said in a release. “He has an impressive record of success on the recruiting trail that will strengthen and expand our existing efforts.”

Foster was recently at Samford. While in Birmingham, Alabama, Foster served as the running-backs coach and running-game coordinator.

Previously, he coached wide receivers and running backs at Tennessee, Northwestern State, and Valdosta State.

“My wife, Bianca, and I are excited to be afforded this wonderful opportunity to become a part of the Iowa family as well as the Iowa City community,” said Foster in a release. “Our journey is continuing, as this provides us with the opportunity to be part of a great staff and a university that is committed to excellence. I have a lot of respect for the stability and commitment of Coach Ferentz and his longevity with the program. I feel fortunate and look forward to working with Coach Ferentz and his dedicated staff.”

Foster adds another recruiting presence to Iowa’s arsenal, which excites Ferentz.

“Our goal was to use this additional coaching position to help us in multiple areas, and we did that,” he said in a release. “We gained Derrick as a coach, we bolstered our recruiting capabilities, and we strengthened our commitment to special teams by allowing LeVar Woods to focus entirely on a significant phase of our game.”

During his time at Northwestern State, Foster coached some of the program’s best receivers.

Ed Eagan’s 73 receptions set a school record, and he also set the record for catches (13) and yards (238) in a single game.

While at Tennessee, Foster assisted with offensive-coordinating duties and helped out the running backs as well. Under his tutelage, the Volunteers ranked third in the SEC in total offense (5,711 yards).

Foster began his career with Valdosta State in 2011, where he coached Seantavius Jones, a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Foster hails from Goshen, Alabama, and earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Southwest Baptist in 2010, then a master’s in public administration in 2013 at Valdosta State.

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