Iowa on Thursday announced that assistant coaches Bobby Kennedy and Jim Reid have joined the staff for the 2013 season.
Kennedy will coach the Hawkeyes' receivers, while Reid will work on the defensive staff in a yet-to-be-specified role. Reid replaces Darrell Wilson, who Wednesday was named Rutgers' secondary coach. Kennedy replaces Erik Campbell, who had been the Hawkeyes' receivers coach since 2008.
Iowa also confirmed Thursday that running backs coach Lester Erb left the program "to pursue other opportunities." Erb spent the past 12 seasons with the Hawkeyes coaching running backs, wide receivers and special teams. Although victimized repeatedly by AIRBHG, Erb continued to produce capable Big Ten running backs, most recently Mark Weisman.
"I am very appreciative of Lester and Darrell’s many positive contributions to Iowa football over the years and wish them both the best moving forward," Ferentz said in a prepared statement. "I am excited to have Bobby and Jim join our staff. Both men have coaching experiences that will complement and supplement our staff and team in a positive way."
Kennedy coached Colorado's receivers the past two seasons, but he spent the previous seven years (2004-2010) coaching wideouts at Texas, where he worked alongside current Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis. Although the Hawkeye players are still adjusting to Davis' system, Kennedy's familiarity with it should help.
Reid spent the past three seasons as Virginia's defensive coordinator and associate head coach. He was fired in early December along with three other assistants after the Cavaliers finished 4-8. The decision to fire Reid puzzled some like colleague Heather Dinich, as Virginia ranked 28th nationally in total defense in 2012. Reid coached outside linebackers for the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and 2009 and has served as head coach at VMI (2006-07), Massachusetts (1986-91) and Richmond (1995-2003).
It'll be interesting to see what position Reid coaches on the defensive side and what role, if any, he has assisting coordinator Phil Parker with play-calling.
Iowa will have three new assistants for 2013 after announcing new tight ends coach D.J. Hernandez earlier this month.