Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz expects his newest assistant coach to help the Hawkeyes on the field and on the recruiting trail.
Derrick Foster, the running backs coach and running game coordinator at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, the past two seasons was named Tuesday as the 10th assistant coach at Iowa, filling a newly-created position allowed by the NCAA this month.
A native of Goshen, Alabama, Foster’s coaching resume includes working as a wide receivers and running backs coach at Northwestern State, Tennessee and Valdosta State following his graduation from Southwest Baptist College in Missouri in 2010.
Foster was hired as an offensive assistant at Iowa and his position responsibilities have yet to be determined but will involve personnel on the offensive side of the ball.
He is being counted on to strengthen the Hawkeyes' recruiting efforts in the Southeast portion of the United States.
“Our goal was to use this additional coaching position to help us in multiple areas, and we did that,’’ Ferentz said in a statement announcing the hire. “We gained Derrick as a coach, we bolstered our recruiting capabilities and we strengthened our commitment to special teams.’’
Ferentz previously announced that the additional staff position would allow LeVar Woods, who spent last season coaching tight ends and working with special teams, to become Iowa’s special teams coordinator.
Woods’ focus beginning with the upcoming season will be entirely centered on special teams, which Ferentz calls “a significant phase of our game.’’
The 20th-year Iowa coach said he was attracted to Foster as he sought an additional assistant because of his work as a coach and recruiter.
“Derrick is an outstanding person and has built an impressive resume with experience at multiple levels of college football,’’ Ferentz said. “He has an impressive record of success on the recruiting trail that will strengthen and expand our existing efforts.’’
Foster said he and his wife, Bianca, look forward to becoming part of the Iowa City community.
“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,’’ Foster said. “I have a lot of respect for the stability and commitment of coach Ferentz and his longevity with the program.’’
Foster spent two seasons at Samford, a Football Championship Subdivision program, after three years at Northwestern State in Louisiana, where he coached running backs in 2013 and wide receivers during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
His work at Northwestern State included recruiting and coaching some of the most productive receivers in the program’s history. The players he coached there included Ed Eagan, on the active roster of the Bills and Giants in the NFL over the past two years, and Bryan Mitchell of the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos.
Foster worked as an assistant to the offensive coordinator and as an assistant running backs coach at Tennessee in 2012. His responsibilities included in-house recruiting of junior-college talent in California, Texas, Kansas, New York, Arizona and Illinois.
In 2011, Foster worked with current Hawkeye assistant Seth Wallace on the staff at Valdosta State. Wallace was the defensive coordinator there while Foster’s duties as a first-year assistant included working with punt and return teams and receivers.