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Norm Parker, former Hawkeye defensive coordinator, dies

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Former Iowa Defensive Coordinator Norm Parker has died.

Parker, who coached in college football for 46 seasons, spent 13 seasons at the University of Iowa before stepping down following the 2011 Insight Bowl.

Parker battled diabetes during his tenure at Iowa. He was 72.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Parker coached at Vanderbilt, Michigan State, East Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Eastern Michigan. He coached at St. John's High School in St. John's, Mich., for three season before joining the college ranks.

The Iowa defense was considered one of the hardest hitting and most physical in the nation under Parker's tenure.

More than a dozen Hawkeye defenders made it to the National Football League during Parker's stint at Iowa.

“Norm played a major and key role in any on the field success we experienced during his 13 years as our defensive coordinator,” Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement Monday. “More important and valuable, is the strong and positive impact that he had on our players, staff, support staff and fans – everyone he interfaced with during his 15 years in Iowa."

Parker is survived by his wife, Linda, children Chelly, Joyce, Jim and Suzy, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ginger, and son, Jeffrey. Funeral services are pending in Michigan. A memorial service will be held in Iowa City at a later date.

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