Former Iowa Hawkeye football defensive coordinator Norm Parker passed away Monday at the age of 72.
Steve Roe, Sports Information Director at the University of Iowa, has confirmed Parker’s death. The university says he died early Monday morning at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Parker spent 13 years as the Hawkeyes’ defensive coordinator and was an original member of Kirk Ferentz’s staff. He was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association in 2011, the same year he retired.
“Norm played a major and key role in any on the field success we experienced during his 13 years as our defensive coordinator,” says Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz. “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.
Before coming to Iowa Parker coached at the high school level, then moved on to coaching football at Eastern Michigan, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Illinois, East Carolina, Michigan State, and Vanderbilt.
Funeral services are being held in Michigan, Parker’s home state. A memorial service will be held in Iowa City, but it has not been scheduled at this time.
Several former players offered their thoughts on Parker’s passing via Twitter:
R.I.P. Coach Norm Parker. Thank you for everything!—
Tyler Sash (@TSash) January 13, 2014
"Boys do what they want to do, Men do what they need to do." One of greatest Men I've ever known… R.I.P. Coach Parker—
Matt Kroul (@KroulFarms) January 13, 2014