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Rutgers hires Darrell Wilson to coach DBs

[ 0 ] February 13, 2013 |

Rumors have persisted about coaching changes on Kirk Ferentz’s staff since the Iowa football team finished the 2012 season with six consecutive losses and a 4-8 record.

Two of those rumors now have come true, with Rutgers announcing Wednesday afternoon the hiring of Darrell Wilson as defensive backs coach.

Wilson spent the past 11 seasons working under Ferentz at Iowa, including coaching the secondary last season and assisting with special teams.

Wilson grew up in New Jersey not far from the Rutgers campus, in New Brunswick, N.J. He compiled a 65-18 record as the coach from 1988-95 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J.

Wilson also was the Rutgers running backs coach for one season in 1999.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Darrell and his family,” Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said in a release. “Darrell is a proven winner on the field and a proven recruiter in the state of Rutgers. He brings more than a decade of Big Ten experience with him, but more important than all of that, Darrell is the right person for our program.”

Wednesday’s announcement came about a week after Ferentz confirmed that Erik Campbell was no longer a member of the Iowa staff. Campbell coached the Iowa receivers the previous five seasons.

There have been no published reports about Campbell being hired for another coaching job.

Ferentz said last Wednesday that he likely would have a replacement for Campbell hired within the next 10 to 14 days.

Football Scoop.com recently reported that former Colorado assistant coach Bobby Kennedy and former Virginia assistant Jim Reid soon would be joining the Iowa staff.

Wilson, who is married and the father of four daughters, is the fifth Iowa assistant coach to leave the program since near the end of the 2011 season.

Defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski resigned to become the defensive line coach at Nebraska before Iowa played in the 2011 Insight bowl.

Then, after the 2011 season, Norm Parker retired as defensive coordinator and Ken O’Keefe resigned as offensive coordinator. O’Keefe became the receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins.

O’Keefe and Parker both came to Iowa in 1999 as members of Ferentz’s first staff.

With all the recent changes, the only staff members still in place include offensive coordinator Greg Davis — hired to replace O’Keefe, defensive coordinator Phil Parker — promoted when Norm Parker left, as well as running backs coach Lester Erb, defensive line coach Reese Morgan, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz, and linebackers coach LeVar Woods.

Brian Ferentz and Woods were hired in the spring of 2012.

The 54-year old Wilson joined the Iowa staff in 2002 after serving as outside linebacker coach and special teams coordinator at Wisconsin in 2000 and 2001.

Wilson was a standout defensive back at the University of Connecticut, which is also where Ferentz played his college football.

Reach Pat Harty at 339-7368 or pharty@press-citizen.com.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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