Ex-Iowa assistant Lester Erb to join Nevada staff

Ex-Iowa assistant Lester Erb to join Nevada staff

Lester Erb will join Brian Polian's staff at Nevada.

Lester Erb will join Brian Polian’s staff at Nevada.

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Iowa assistant Lester Erb has been hired as Nevada’s running backs and tight ends coach.

Erb spent the past 13 seasons at Iowa and was in charge of special teams coach his entire tenure. He coached running backs the past five seasons, and was receivers coach from 2000-07.

Rivals.com named Erb one of the nation’s Top 25 recruiters in both 2005 and 2011.

He replaces Jeff Genyk, the former Cal assistant who left the staff earlier this month to join Gary Andersen’s Wisconsin staff.

Kirk Ferentz announced in mid-February that Erb would not return to the staff next fall “to pursue other opportunities.”

It was part of a major staff shakeup. Ferentz has replaced six of nine assistants over the past 18 months.

Erb coached with Ferentz on the Baltimore Ravens’ staff in 1997-98.

He was tight ends coach at Army during the 1999 season before joining Ferentz at Iowa.

Photo credit: Liz Martin / Iowa City Gazette

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