Head football coach Kirk Ferentz met with the media today inside the Hayden Fry Football Complex
Charlie Bullen is in his second year as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Iowa and his fourth year overall working with the football program. He assists with the Iowa defense.
Prior to beginning his role as graduate assistant coach in 2009, Bullen served as a student assistant for two seasons, working with Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe and Hawkeye quarterbacks while completing work towards his bachelor's degree.
The Hawkeye defense, last season, led the Big Ten Conference in pass defense and pass efficiency defense, while ranking second in interceptions and third in scoring defense, total defense and first down allowed. Nationally, Iowa was third in pass defense efficiency, fourth in pass defense, eighth in scoring defense and first downs allowed and 10th in total defense.
Bullen has assisted an Iowa team that has won 26 games over the past three seasons. The Hawkeyes have been in the final national rankings in each of the past two seasons, including being ranked seventh in the final polls last season. The Hawkeyes have been bowl eligible in each of the last nine seasons and have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past eight seasons.
The Hawkeyes have played in eight bowl games since 2001, including six appearances in January bowl games. Iowa has won five bowl games since 2001, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange).
Bullen served as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa City High School in 2006, working with the quarterbacks. City High posted a 9-2 record in 2006 and reached the state quarter-finals.
Prior to attending Iowa, Bullen played quarterback at Harper College in Palatine, IL. Bullen was a member of the Harper College program that won a non-scholarship national title in 2003.
Bullen earned his associate degree in Business Administration from Harper College in 2005 and his bachelor's degree in Finance from Iowa in 2008. He is pursuing his master's degree in Sports Management. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association.
Bullen was born September 28, 1984 and is a native of Palatine, IL. He is single.