Football student-athletes visit patients who are in the hospital for the holidays
Chigozie Ejiasi was named Iowa's first ever Director of Player Development in September, 2008. He is in his fifth year as a member of the football staff after previously serving as an administrative assistant.
In his current position, Ejiasi assists Iowa student-athletes in their transition from high school to being a student-athlete at the college level, as well as helping secure employment opportunities after college graduation. Ejiasi also does extensive work in organizing community service efforts, as well as acting as a liaison between the Academic Student Services staff and Iowa's football student-athletes. Additional duties include assisting players secure summer employment and organizing housing efforts for the players.
The Hawkeyes have been in the final national rankings in each of the past two seasons while posting a 20-6 record, 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).
As an administrative assistant, Ejiasi assisted the coaching staff in compiling statistical information, gathering information on opponents and recruits and assisting in the day to day operation of the football office.
Ejiasi returned to the Iowa program after serving as the defensive backs coach and special team's coordinator at North Iowa Area Community College during the 2005 season.
Ejiasi was a four-year letterman as a defensive back during his Hawkeye playing career. He was a member of Big Ten championship teams in both 2002 and 2004. The Hawkeyes competed in four bowl games, claiming three victories, during Ejiasi's career.
Ejiasi saw action in all 12 games as a senior and earned the Hustle Team Award for his play on Iowa's special teams. He recorded 17 tackles in 2003, including three solo stops against both Michigan and Minnesota. He concluded his career with 49 tackles and three pass break-ups.
Ejiasi attended Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, IA. He earned second team all-state honors as a senior and was a first team all-conference selection as a junior and senior. He was team captain and MVP as a senior, playing both wide receiver and defensive back. He set school records for receiving yards in a game (190 yards) and interceptions in a game (four) and also earned four letters in wrestling and track and field.
Ejiasi earned his bachelor's degree in health and sports studies from the University of Iowa in 2005.
Ejiasi was born Dec. 3, 1981 in Houston, TX. He is single.