AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has announced Jon Heacock will be the team’s new defensive coordinator.
Heacock is a familiar face for Campbell, as he was most recently the defensive coordinator at Toledo the last two seasons. He’s been a college football coach for a total of 32 years, including stops at Youngstown State, Indiana and Kent State.
“It’s simple to sum up what Jon will bring to our defense -- experience and passion,” Campbell said in an ISU press release. “If you see what he did in building Kent State’s defense and what he did at Toledo, you know the quality of a defensive coordinator we are getting. He’s also got experience as a head football coach and he is a guy that will bring a great pedigree here on what we are trying to accomplish. He’s a tremendous leader and we are honored to have Jon help us build this program.”
Heacock also held the title of Assistant Head Coach at Toledo, playing a major role in the success of the team over the past two seasons. The Rockets won two bowls games and 19 games during his tenure at the school, as well as two Mac West Conference titles.
“My family and I have been blessed these last two years working at Toledo,” Heacock said in the press release. “It’s because of the opportunity I had working with Matt, Jason (Candle) and the players at Toledo that I am here today at Iowa State. The coaches and people at both places are outstanding.”
The Rockets posted impressive defensive statistics last season, ranking first in the MAC in scoring defense and second in rushing defense. Five Toledo defensive players also earned All-MAC honors.
Heacock will now take over an Iowa State defense in need of some improvement. The Cyclones, who went 3-9 overall last season, ranked seventh in the Big 12 in both scoring defense and total defense in 2015.