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Panthers Hire Former Great Eric Sanders as Assistant Football Coach

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University of Northern Iowa head football coach Mark Farley has added three assistants to his coaching staff for the 2010 season, including former All-American quarterback Eric Sanders.

All three additions to the coaching staff are native Iowans.

Matt Entz, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, joined the staff this spring and assisted on the defensive line during spring drills. Entz comes to UNI after having served as the defensive coordinator at Winona State (Minn.) University. Entz joined the WSU staff in 2002. He was named the American Football Coaches Association's Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008. He served as an assistant head coach coach and defensive line coach at Wayne State (Neb.) College from 1999-2002. He also served as a graduate assistant at Wayne State from 1996-1998. Entz was the defensive coordinator at Illinois College from 1998-1999. Entz played college football at Wartburg College and earned his bachelor of arts in biology in 1995. He also earned his master's degree in education/exercise science from Wayne State in 1998.

Dan Clark , a native of Bode, Iowa, will be added as a defensive coach for the Panthers this fall. Clark served the previous three years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Iowa. Clark assisted with the Iowa offense. Clark joined the Iowa staff after serving as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Iowa Central Community College for seven seasons (2000-06). Clark served as an assistant coach at Simpson College for five seasons (1996-00) after serving as a student assistant coach there in 1995. Clark was a four-year member of the Simpson College football team as an undergraduate (1991-94) and was the starting quarterback in his final three seasons. Clark attended Twin Rivers High School as a prep, earning all-state honors while leading his team to the state playoffs in his final three seasons. His brother Derrik played football at Iowa State University and his brother Dallas was an All-American tight end for the Iowa Hawkeyes who now plays for the Indianapolis Colts. Clark earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Simpson College in 1995 and is pursuing a master's degree in Sports Management.

 

Eric Sanders <, a native of Oelwein, Iowa, will be an offensive assistant coach for the Panthers in 2010. Sanders enjoyed a stellar career for the Panthers at quarterback from 2004-2007. After earning his degree in business administration from UNI in 2008, Sanders joined the coaching staff at Syracuse University as a graduate assistant coach in 2008 and 2009. At Syracuse he assisted the offense and worked primarily with the quarterbacks. While with the Orange, he worked under head coaches Greg Robinson and Doug Marrone. As a quarterback for the Panthers from 2004-2007, Sanders guided UNI to a record of 35-9 as a starter. He led the Panthers to 12 fourth-quarter or overtime victories in his career. He capped his playing career in 2007 as he led the Panthers to a perfect 12-0 regular season and No. 1 national ranking. Sanders was the runner-up in the 2007 Walter Payton Award balloting. Sanders holds the FCS career record for completion percentage (69.59 percent).

The Panthers will open the 2010 football season Sept. 11 in the UNI-Dome against the North Dakota State Bison at 6:37 p.m.

 

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