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Norm Parker to retire after Insight Bowl

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Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker is calling it quits after coaching football for the past 38 years.  Parker announced on Sunday that he will retire after Iowa plays Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl on December 30.

The coach made 9 different coaching stops on his way to Iowa.  He began his career in 1965 as head coach at St. John's High School in Michigan.

In a prepared statement, Parker said the following: "I would like to announce that the 2011 Insight Bowl will be my last game as a football coach at Iowa.  I would like to personally thank Gary Barta, Kirk Ferentz, the coaches, and players at Iowa, along with the fantastic fans.  It has been a great time, one that myself and my entire family greatly appreciate.  I would also like to thank the office staff, the equipment people, and a special thanks to the medical staff, as I used them enough.  The entire Hawkeye community has been great.

My wife Linda, and all the members of our family, were very pleased to be members of the Hawkeye family.  We truly enjoyed our time here.  After 48 years of doing something I love, it is time to enjoy some time with the grandkids.  Go Hawks!"

Parker spent the past 13 years as the Hawks defensive coordinator.  He was twice named a finalist for the Frank Broyles assistant coach of the year award, and 3 out of the past 4 years his defensive units finished nationally in the top 10 in points against average.  Thirty-eight Iowa defensive players coached by Parker have made NFL rosters.

Recently, the Hawkeye coach has been battling health problems.  Parker had his right foot amputated in 2010 due to complications from diabetes.

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