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CFB: Johnson Departs Iowa Football Program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eric Johnson, a member of the University of Iowa football coaching staff for 15 years, is leaving the Hawkeye coaching staff to pursue a career opportunity outside of football. The announcement was made Saturday by Johnson and UI head football coach Kirk Ferentz.

I know Eric and his family have given this decision great attention and thought, and we all wish them the best as they move forward, said Ferentz.  Eric has been a valued staff member since he joined our original staff in 1999 and has made many contributions to our program and team as a coach, recruiter and mentor.  I am very appreciative of Erics efforts and his commitment to Iowa and wish him all the best in the future.

My family and I cant thank everyone enough for our 15 years at Iowa, said Johnson.  It has been a great time in our lives.  From a family standpoint, we had a chance to raise our children in a tremendous community.  From a professional standpoint, I have worked for the best person in college football.  Coach Ferentz is the best teacher, leader, and person I have ever been around; he truly embodies the Iowa way.  I have also been mentored by three great coordinators in Norm Parker, Phil Parker and Ken OKeefe, and had the opportunity to work with one of the best people anyone can ask for in Reese Morgan.

Eric and his wife, Patsy, have twin daughters, Jamie and Sydney.

Johnson joined the Iowa staff in 1999 and has served as Iowas recruiting coordinator for 10 years.  In addition to his duties as recruiting coordinator, Johnson has assisted with the defensive line the past two seasons.  Johnson coached Hawkeye tight ends in 2010 and 2011 after assisting with Hawkeye linebackers in 2008 and 2009.  Johnson coached Iowas tight ends for five seasons (2003-07) and served as Iowas quality control assistant for three years.  He was a defensive graduate assistant during his first year on the Iowa staff.

Johnson has been heavily involved in Iowas recruiting efforts since joining the Hawkeye staff.  Iowas 2006 recruiting class was ranked extremely high by all the recruiting experts.  Iowas 2005 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the nation by all of the top recruiting services, while Iowas classes in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2009 were all ranked in the nations top 25.  Sporting News ranked Iowas 2011 recruiting class second best among Big Ten programs and the 2012 class was ranked third among league programs.

Johnson ranked as one of the top ten recruiting coordinators in the country by Tom Lemming in 2001 and was named one of the Top Ten Recruiters in the Big Ten Conference by in 2007.

I want to thank all the student-athletes who I have known throughout my time at Iowa, added Johnson.  Their hard work, dedication and character are what have made coming to work every day enjoyable.  They will always be part of our family and we will always be Hawkeyes.

Iowa will conclude spring drills with the spring scrimmage next Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in Kinnick Stadium.  Pre-event activities begin in Krause Family Plaza at 11:30 a.m., with gates to Kinnick Stadium opening at 1 p.m.
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