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1966: Iowa graduate assistant

After his year as head coach at Westminster College, George Seifert followed his former Utah coach, Ray Nagel, to the University of Iowa.

In 1966, Nagel brought a brand new staff to Iowa, which had suffered through five straight losing seasons under coach Jerry Burns.

The new coaching staff included four of Nagel's former Utah players and assistant coaches, including George Seifert and Lynn Stiles. Seifert worked with the offensive line as a graduate assistant coach while pursuing a Ph.D. in physical education.

Overall, the new staff faced the challenge of introducing a new offensive system (the winged-T with a split end) and working with defensive players shifted to new positions.

The outlook was grim, as evidenced in the Hawkeyes' 1966 media guide preview of the season:

"Disquieting deficiencies of depth and talent may be just too much for the new staff and dedicated players to overcome in one season, no matter how hard all of them work."

The forecast was accurate as the Hawkeyes went 2-8 in 1966 (game results at right).

Next stop: Oregon assistant coach

 

Iowa 1966: 2-8
W Arizona         31-20
L Oregon State    17-3
L Wisconsin       7-0
L at Purdue       35-0
L at Minnesota    17-0
L Northwestern    24-15
W Indiana         20-19
L at Michigan St. 56-7
L Ohio State      14-10
L at Miami, Fla.  44-0

 

 


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