A True CFB Icon: Norm Parker Passes Away
Parker, who held the position from 1999-2011, was the backbone of one of the nation’s better defensive units over a decade’s time. His version of the base 4-3 finished inside the FBS top ten in points allowed four times, with one of his best moments holding a potent Georgia Tech offense to 14 points in a 2009 Orange Bowl win.
“Norm played a major and key role in any on the field success we experienced during his 13 years as our defensive coordinator,” coach Kirk Ferentz said, according to The Washington Post.
“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. Norm was an excellent football coach. Beyond that, he was a tremendous spouse, father and cherished friend to many.”
Parker was a very traditional, yet strategic and creative coach. A leader on- and off-the-field, he was beloved by his players and the Hawkeye community, and should be widely considered as one of the top coordinators from the last 20 years.
Parker spent 31 years coaching at Wake Forest, Minnesota, Illinois, East Carolina, Michigan State and Vanderbilt before landing in Iowa City.
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