June 5, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seth Wallace, a former graduate assistant football coach at the University of Iowa from 2006-08, has been named recruiting coordinator and assistant coach on the Iowa football staff. The announcement was made Thursday by UI head football coach Kirk Ferentz.
Wallace joins the Iowa staff from Valdosta State University, where he has served as defensive coordinator for the past three seasons. Wallace coached the Valdosta State defensive line in 2013 and defensive backs from 2009-12. Wallace joined the Valdosta State staff after his three-year stint with the Iowa program.
"We are excited to have Seth return to Iowa," said Ferentz. "Seth did a tremendous job here as a graduate assistant and has distinguished himself serving in several roles at Valdosta State. Seth is an excellent teacher, highly organized, knowledgeable and is an outstanding person. We are thrilled to welcome Seth and Erica back to Iowa."
Along with serving as recruiting coordinator, Wallace will have assistant coaching duties as well. 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. 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.
"My wife and I, along with our son Landry, are excited to be rejoining the Iowa football family," said Wallace. "Coach Ferentz, coach Norm Parker and coach Phil Parker provided a wonderful opportunity for me in 2006 when I began my graduate assistantship with the Iowa football program. I am thankful to coach Ferentz for the opportunity to return, and I look forward to working alongside the coaching staff in the future."
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 his 13 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 13 seasons.
Wallace, a native of Danville, Kentucky, attended Grinnell, Iowa, High School and was a four-year letterman (1997-2000) in football at Coe College. He earned all-state honors as a prep and competed in the Iowa Shrine Bowl following his senior season. At Coe, he was a team captain and twice earned all-conference honors as a wide receiver.
He began his coaching career at Coe in 2001, serving as wide receivers and tight ends coach, while assisting with special teams for two seasons. At Lake Forest, he served as defensive secondary coach and special teams coordinator for three seasons and added offensive coordinator responsibilities his last two seasons.
Wallace earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Coe College in 2001 and his master's degree in sports management from Iowa in 2008.
Wallace is married to the former Erica Severson. The couple has one son, Landry.