At 63 years of age, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz still has plenty more football coaching left in him. But he does appear to have an idea in mind for what to do after his time with the team is over.
In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Ferentz stated that he doesn't plan to stop coaching, even after he eventually steps away as head coach someday. He revealed that he would likely continue working as a position coach, even on a volunteer basis if necessary.
"Absolutely. That’s been the most fun I ever had, being an assistant coach,” he says. “That’s just pure teaching. That’s the essence of teaching, and it’s more hands-on than what I get to experience."
Ferentz does have significant experience as an assistant that just about any program would find mouth-watering. From 1993 to 1995, he was the offensive line coach under Bill Belichick at the Cleveland Browns. He stayed with the team in the same role when they became the Baltimore Ravens until he was hired by Iowa.
Ferentz was also a former offensive line coach at Iowa in the 1980s before taking up his first head coaching job with Maine.
Last year, in his 20th season at Iowa, Ferentz led the Hawkeyes to a 9-4 record that included an Outback Bowl upset over Mississippi State.
Ferentz is the winningest coach in team history with a 152-101 record at Iowa, and has led the team to four top-10 finishes and two Big Ten championships.
He has had only three losing seasons as head coach of Iowa, and only one since 2001.