Five Former ISU Assistants In Super Bowl

Carroll and Fox

The Super Bowl stage is set and yet again there will be a Cyclone flair sprinkled in the sub-plot.

A year ago, Cyclone All-American Kelechi Osemele was a starter as a rookie on the offensive line for the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens.

Kelechi Osemele was a starter on the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl team as a rookie in 2012.

Kelechi Osemele was a starter on the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl team as a rookie in 2012.

This year’s Super Bowl will feature a number of coaches on both sidelines who at one time called Ames and Jack Trice Stadium their home.

Five coaches competing in the Big Game, including both head coaches – John Fox (Denver Broncos) and Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks) – have Cyclone roots.

Carroll was the Iowa State secondary coach for one season (1978) as a member of Earle Bruce’s staff. When Bruce resigned after the 1978 season to take over head coaching duties at Ohio State, Carroll went with him.

Fox also spent a year in Ames as Iowa State’s defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 1984. Fox was on Jim Criner’s staff and the former Cyclone head coach also had Fox as his assistant at Boise State. Fox left ISU after one season to join the USFL’s Los Angeles Express.

Carroll employs two other former Cyclone assistants on his Seahawk staff in Brian Schneider and Darrell Bevell. Schneider, who is in his fourth season as the special teams coordinator in Seattle, was ISU’s special teams coordinator for one season (2006) as a member of Dan McCarney’s staff.

Seahawk special teams coordinator Brian Schneider was an assistant at ISU in 2006.

Seahawk special teams coordinator Brian Schneider was an assistant at ISU in 2006.

Bevell is considered a rising star in the NFL coaching business with his success as offensive coordinator at both Minnesota (2006-10) and Seattle (2011-13). Bevell is in his third season as the offensive coordinator for the Seahawks and he received one of his first coaching gigs when McCarney hired him as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 1997.

Bevell left ISU after one season when he earned his first full-time job as the wide receivers coach at Connecticut in 1998.

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was a GA for Dan McCarney and ISU in 1997.

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was a GA for Dan McCarney and ISU in 1997.

Fox has the help of former Iowa State wide receivers coach Jay Rodgers (2007-08) on his Bronco staff. Rodgers, who was at ISU in both of Gene Chizik’s seasons with the Cyclones, is now in his fifth year with Denver, including the last two seasons as the defensive line coach.

Jay Rodgers was ISU's wide receivers coach from 2007-08.

Jay Rodgers was ISU’s wide receivers coach from 2007-08.

Even if you don’t have a vested interest with the teams in Super Bowl XLVIII, as a Cyclone fan, it should be entertaining to follow former Ames residents battling for the coveted ring.

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About Mike Green

I'm in my 20th year working in the Athletics Communications office at Iowa State and in my second year as Director of Communications. My passion has always been ISU Athletics and the seed was planted by my father, Ken, who was an All-Big Eight pitcher for Iowa State in 1960. I graduated from UNI in 1993, where I was a two-year letterwinner on the golf team, and received my master's at ISU in 1997. I've covered volleyball, wrestling, baseball, golf, football and men's basketball at ISU, including 13 seasons as the men's hoops contact. It's an honor to be the football contact for Coach Rhoads and the Cyclones. I've got stories to tell, and I love telling them.
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3 Responses to Five Former ISU Assistants In Super Bowl

  1. zbuday says:

    Thank you for your help the other day, Mike.
    Here is my story on Coach Carroll and Coach Fox with comments from former Iowa State coach Jim Williams: http://insidehandoff.com/2014/01/25/pete-carroll-john-fox-iowa-state/

  2. Pingback: A Football Life – Jim Williams | Cyclone Sidebar

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