IOWA CITY, Iowa — National Signing Day was nearly two weeks ago, but it’s as if Iowa landed two more of the prospects it covets when filling out its coaching vacancies.
The resumes of offensive line coach Tim Polasek and wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland, who were officially hired on Tuesday afternoon, read like the staff version of the multisport stars the Hawkeyes tend to bring in to fill out a recruiting class.
“Both Tim and Kelton add vibrant personalities to our staff,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz in a statement. “We expect both will be a great fit for our entire program, the university and the community.”
— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) February 14, 2017
Polasek was the North Dakota State offensive coordinator/running backs coach and appears to be the kind of no-frills hire that could succeed with the Hawkeyes.
The Bison piled up 239 rushing yards in a 23-21 win over the Hawkeyes this past September, and that certainly didn’t hurt Polasek’s chances of landing the gig. It will be interesting to see if part of North Dakota State’s power rushing offense will head south with Polasek.
He comes with a jack-of-all trades history. Polasek spent time coaching wide receivers, tight ends, fullbacks, defensive backs and special teams at North Dakota State and Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He spent one year at Northern Illinois before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Bison in 2014.
“I am extremely excited to join the Iowa coaching staff, to work with Coach Ferentz, coach in the Big Ten Conference and represent the University of Iowa,” said Polasek in a statement. “I look forward to getting to know our players and to help them improve every day. I am eager to meet and work with the entire coaching and support staff associated with Hawkeye football. I want to thank all the former players at NDSU for their efforts on the field and in the classroom. Without that, I would not be at the University of Iowa.”
Polasek actually coached with Copeland at Northern Illinois. Copeland was with the Huskies for the last four seasons. He oversaw the wide receivers and special teams in 2016 and was the running backs coach from 2013-15.
He previously worked at South Dakota State, Coffeyville Community College and Northwood University and spent time as a wide receivers and defensive backs coach.
“It has been a goal of mine to advance my coaching career to this level,” said Copeland in a statement. “I have admired and respected Coach Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa program, and I am extremely thankful to join the Iowa football staff.”
— Kelton Copeland (@CopelandKelton) February 14, 2017
Copeland is the coaching version of Iowa raiding the MAC that seems to happen each February. It’s worked for the Hawkeyes with players like running back LeShun Daniels and cornerback Desmond King. In fact, Iowa flipped Northern Illinois commit and linebacker Nate Wieland just before signing day.
Both Copeland and Polasek are former quarterbacks. Copeland played at Emporia State University and Polasek at Concordia University.
Iowa loves bringing in quarterbacks with an eye on moving them to a new home on signing day. At least for this year, they like doing the same with the coaching staff. It’s only another example of how these hires look a lot like the prospects Iowa targets on the recruiting trail.