The Arkansas Razorbacks announced on Wednesday that former Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads will take over as the team’s defensive backs coach.
Rhoads, 49, was the head coach at Iowa State for seven years, leading the Cyclones to bowl game appearances in three of his first four seasons before managing just eight wins in his last three years with the program. He was fired on Nov. 22.
Prior to taking over at Iowa State, Rhoads was the defensive coordinator at Auburn for one season and the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh for eight seasons.
“Paul has had a long standing reputation as a great teacher and recruiter even prior to his years of experience as a coordinator and head coach,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “He instantly brings years of experience to our defensive staff room and has coached the secondary and defensive backs to the highest levels of success.”
Rhoads also released a statement on Wednesday when the hire was announced.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Arkansas program and can’t wait to help build on the success Coach Bielema and the staff have already experienced in three years,” he said. “Not only does coach Bielema have a track record of building winning programs but also developing young men of great character. Both are things I’m excited to be part of.”
In Arkansas, Rhoads fills the void left by Clay Jennings, who accepted the same job at Texas. In his introductory press conference, Jennings said it was a return to his home state that pulled him away from the Razorbacks.
Arkansas allowed 275.2 passing yards per game in 2015, the most of any SEC team.