Ferentz, Harasymiak On The National Stage [VIDEO]
Two former UMaine head coaches were a part of the Minneosta vs Iowa game on Saturday that had big time national implications. Kirk Ferentz and his Hawkeyes knocked off unbeaten Minnesota 23-19 as Joe Harasymiak coached the Gophers defensive backs.
The Hawkeyes improve to 7-3 and will be playing in a bowl game. The Gophers drop to 9-1 but still have a chance to play in the Big 10 Conference championship game.
Kirk Ferentz coached the Black Bears from 1990 to 1992 before leaving to be offensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns under their head coach, Bill Belichick. Ferentz has been head coach at Iowa since 1999 and now has more wins than any coach in Iowa history.
Joe Harasymiak was head coach for the Black Bears from 2016 to the end of last season. He then left to join the Minnesota coaching staff. He came to UMaine as an assistant coach in 2011. Harasymiak also spent one year as an assistant coach at Maine Maritime Academy.
Harasymiak coaches the defensive backs and safeties for the Gophers. The Minnesota defense held Iowa to just 290 yards on Saturday.
NOTE: Former UMaine defensive coordinator Joe Rossi is the Minnesota defensive coordinator under head coach P.J. Fleck.