University of Iowa Defensive Coordinator, Norm Parker, has been named the 2011 FBS Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
Parker was chosen over Trooper Taylor of Auburn and Danny Langsdorf of Oregon State.
Criteria for the award goes beyond coaching ability and success of the team. The selection committee looks at service to the community, impact on student-athletes, participation in AFCA events and participation in other professional organizations.
"It's truly an honor to be recognized by your peers," Parker said in a written statement. "There are so many other deserving assistants out there. I want to especially say thank you to Kirk Ferentz, the other assistants I've worked with at Iowa, and especially the players I've had the good fortune to coach. All of those people are the ones that made this possible. I'll cherish this award forever."
"Norm has impacted our program in a very positive and significant way over the past 13 years. He is an outstanding defensive coach and has served as a great role model and mentor for our entire staff and all of our players," Kirk Ferentz said in a written statement.
Parker, who is in his 13th year as defensive coordinator at Iowa, has helped lead Iowa to 85 wins over the last 10 years, including 50 Big Ten wins. The Hawkeyes have been bowl eligible for the last 11 seasons and has ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the last 10 years.
Under Parker, the Iowa defense has ranked in the top 10 in rushing defense five times, scoring defense in three of the last four seasons. In 2010, Iowa was fifth nationally in total defense, sixth in rushing defense and seventh in scoring defense.
Parker was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005.
Other honorees include:
FCS –Jason McEndoo, Offensive Line Coach, Montana State University
Division II–Hank McClung, Offensive Line Coach, University of Central Missouri
Division III–Greg Peterson, Offensive Coordinator, Bethel (Minn.) University
NAIA–Craig Mullins, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach, Georgetown (Ky.) College.
The Assistant Coach of the Year award was started in 1997. The winners get a plaque, an educational stipend to attend the 2013 AFCA Convention and will be honored on January 9 at the 2012 AFCA Convention.