THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Feb. 22, 2013
CHRIS WHITE JOINS IOWA FOOTBALL STAFF
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has named Chris White as anassistant coach on his Hawkeye staff. White, who will coach Iowa’s running backs and coordinate specialteams, will join the Hawkeye staff immediately.“I am very excited to have Chris join our staff,” said Ferentz. “Chris has considerable special teams,offensive, and recruiting experience from college and professional football to offer our program.”White joins the Iowa coaching staff after serving the previous four years on the coaching staff of theMinnesota Vikings, where he worked with the special teams. He previously coached on the collegiate level for 17 years.For the past four seasons, White has assisted in coaching the Viking special teams. In 2012, Minnesota posted a 10-6 record, earning a Wild Card playoff berth while setting a team record for biggest turnaround invictories from one season to the next. In 2012, Minnesota’s special teams were recognized with the No. 1 ranking in the well-respected
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season-ending special teams’ evaluations. The special teams unit was headlined by rookiekicker Blair Walsh’s record-setting season, as he earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.Over the past two seasons, the Vikings 26.8-yard kickoff return average led the NFL. Defensively, theVikings led the NFL by allowing only 18 kickoff returns of 20-plus yards. Minnesota was third in the NFLwith an average starting field position at the 24.6 yard line following kickoff returns, and had six kickoff returnsof 40-plus yards. The return units earned a place in the Minnesota record book by returning both a kick and puntreturn for a touchdown at Detroit. White joined the Vikings after a nine-year stint at Syracuse University where, at different times throughouthis tenure, he coached wide receivers and tight ends, and was also the special teams’ coordinator and recruitingcoordinator. White’s nine seasons at Syracuse were highlighted by a 2001 Insight Bowl victory and a share of the Big East championship in 2004. A combined seven units ranked in the nation’s top 20 under White’sdirection as special teams coordinator from 2000-03.
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