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The Hawkeyes last season posted a perfect 12-0 regular season record, winning the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. Iowa participated in the 2016 Rose Bowl following a last-minute loss to Michigan State (16-13) in the Big Ten title game. Junior cornerback Desmond King earned consensus All-America honors, while winning the Jim Thorpe Award being named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year.
In 2014, Wallace assisted with an Iowa defense that ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense and 22nd in total defense. Iowa led the Big Ten and ranked second in the nation in fewest penalties and penalty yards. Senior tackles Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat, along with junior end Drew Ott were each named second team All-Big Ten.
Wallace returned to the Iowa staff from Valdosta State University, where he served as defensive coordinator from 2010-13. Wallace coached the Valdosta State defensive line in 2013 and the defensive backs from 2009-2012. He joined the Valdosta State staff after his three-year stint with the Iowa program.
In his 15 seasons coaching on the collegiate level, Wallace has served as both offensive and defensive coordinator, coached defensive backs, defensive line and wide receivers, along with holding special teams duties in 12 of the 15 seasons.
Iowa won the Outback Bowl following the 2008 season and also played in the 2006 Alamo Bowl. Valdosta State appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2010 and won the national title in 2012, while Coe College advanced to the Division III quarterfinals in 2002. He has coached 13 players who have earned All-America recognition and 16 players who have gone on to play professional football.
Wallace helped Valdosta State win the 2012 NCAA Division II national title with a 12-2 overall record. Valdosta State won the 2010 Gulf South Conference title and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. Since 2010, Valdosta State has ranked in the top 25 percent nationally in several defensive categories, including scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, red zone defense, interceptions and turnovers gained.
In both 2010 and 2011, Valdosta State ranked in the top three in the conference in seven defensive categories. The Valdosta State defense scored seven touchdowns and recorded three safeties. Valdosta State special teams led the league in kickoff coverage in 2010 and ranked second in 2011.
During his previous time on the Iowa coaching staff, Wallace worked with the Iowa defense, primarily the defensive secondary. The Hawkeyes posted a 9-4 record in 2008, including a win over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl. Iowa ranked fourth in the nation while tying a school record with 23 interceptions in 2008. Iowa led the Big Ten and ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense (98.3) and scoring defense (13.0). Iowa also led the Big Ten in fewest touchdowns allowed, turnovers gained, pass efficiency defense and punt return defense.
Wallace also gained college coaching experience at Lake Forest College (2003-05) in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Coe College (2001-02) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was offensive coordinator at Lake Forest in 2004 and 2005 as the team set school records for passing offense and total offense.
Lake Forest posted an 8-2 record in 2004 after a 7-3 mark the previous season. Wallace was defensive secondary coach and special teams coordinator in 2003 as Lake Forest led the conference in scoring defense, pass defense and total defense.
He began his coaching career at Coe College in 2001, serving as wide receivers and tight ends coach, while assisting with special teams for two seasons. Coe posted a 10-2 record in 2002, winning the Iowa Conference title while ranking 14th nationally in Division III. The 10 wins set a school record for single season victories as Coe ranked first in the league in total offense in 2002 and first in passing offense in 2001. The Kohawks ranked first in the league and second in the nation in kickoff returns in 2001 and first and 11th in that category, respectively, the following season.
Wallace attended Grinnell High School in Grinnell, Iowa, and was a four-year letterman (1997-2000) in football at Coe College. He was a team captain and twice earned all-conference honors as a wide receiver at Coe. He led the league in receiving in 2000 and ranks in the top four at Coe in season and career receiving. Wallace led the nation in punt returns in 1997 and is Coe's career leader. He earned all-state honors as a prep and competed in the Iowa Shrine Bowl following his senior season.
Wallace earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Coe College in 2001 and his master's degree in sports management from the University of Iowa in 2008.
Wallace was born Jan. 8, 1979, in Danville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Erica, have a son, Landry, and a daughter, Maci.
Wallace's Coaching Career
Team Position, Years
Iowa LBs, 2016
Iowa Cornerbacks, nickelbacks, 2015
Iowa RC, 2014-present
Valdosta State DC, 2011-13
Valdosta State DL, 2013
Valdosta State DB, 2009-12
Iowa GA, 2006-08
Lake Forest OC, ST, 2004-05
Lake Forest DB, ST, 2003
Coe College WR, TE, ST, 2001-02