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Big Ten Assistant Coach Retiring Before Spring Practice

Iowa fans cheer during game against Iowa State.

IOWA CITY, IA - SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

As spring practice kicks off for college football programs around the country, one program is undergoing a significant change.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are making a change on the coaching staff before spring ball begins.

Defensive line coach Reese Morgan announced his plans to retire before spring practice starts. After coaching on the staff for 19 years, Morgan revealed he's walking away from football to focus on his family.

"My wife, Jo, and our family have been so supportive over all these years allowing me to enjoy the sport that I love," Morgan said. "I can never thank them enough. Now it is time for me to give back to them."

Head coach Kirk Ferentz had a kind sendoff for the Hawkeyes coaching veteran.

"On behalf of our coaches, players and fans, I want to wish Reese and Jo the best in this well-deserved retirement. Always the professional, Reese's entire life has been dedicated to education and coaching. I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside him and appreciative of what he has meant to our players, our program, and the University of Iowa."

Morgan served as the defensive line coach for Iowa over the past seven seasons.

Before taking over the defensive line, Morgan coached the offensive line. He also served as the team's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach.

Morgan, 68, can now go focus on his family.