UI head coach Kirk Ferentz is excited about the Hawkeyes' coaching staff additions
Kirk Ferentz updates Iowa coaching staff changes
The Iowa Football team traveled to Tampa, Florida today to prepare for their game against LSU in the 2014 Outback Bowl
DJ Hernandez is in his second year as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Iowa. He coaches the Hawkeye tight ends while assisting with the Iowa offense.
In his first year with the Hawkeyes, Hernandez assisted with an Iowa offense that averaged 377 yards total offense per game, including 197 passing yards per outing. Iowa posted an overall 8-5 record, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten. Iowa earned an invitation to the 2014 Outback Bowl.
A key to Iowa's offense in 2013 was the play of the tight ends. C.J. Fiedorowicz ranked second on the team in receiving, recording 30 receptions for 299 yards and six touchdowns. Jake Duzey collected 19 catches for 270 yards and two scores and two additional tight ends combined for 13 receptions for 203 yards. Fiedorowicz was a third round selection (Houston) in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Hernandez joined the Iowa program after serving as an offensive graduate assistant at Miami, Florida, in 2012. He worked primarily with the Hurricane wide receivers and special teams.
Miami, in 2012, featured six players with over 300 receiving yards and seven receivers with more than 20 receptions. The Hurricanes earned a share of the Coastal Division title in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Prior to joining the staff at Miami, Hernandez was the quarterbacks coach at Brown University in 2011, helping that program post a 7-3 record. He also assisted with special teams at Brown.
Hernandez was the head coach at Southington (Connecticut) High School in 2010. He served as offensive coordinator, working primarily as quarterback and wide receiver coach in leading Southington to an 8-2 record and the conference championship. He has also served in a variety of capacities as a player and coach for the Carinthian Black Lions in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Hernandez was a two-year captain at the University of Connecticut, where he played both quarterback and wide receiver (2004-09). After playing quarterback for three seasons, Hernandez started at wide receiver for two years. Connecticut shared the Big East Conference title in 2007. The Huskies won the 2004 Motor City Bowl, competed in the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl and won the 2008 International Bowl.
Hernandez was a team captain for two seasons and earned both the Football Alumni Award and the Iron Husky Award. He was recognized as a Scholar Athlete in 2008 and made the Dean's List in both 2007 and 2008.
As a prep, he was honored as the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year in 2003, becoming the first player in state history to both rush and pass for over 3,000 yards in a season.
Hernandez earned a bachelor's of science degree and master's degree in Educational Psychology from Connecticut.
Hernandez was born May 18, 1986, and is a native of Bristol, Connecticut. He is single.