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TE coach Ferentz leaves Patriots to join father at Iowa

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  February 18, 2012 12:09 PM

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The University of Iowa football team has announced that Brian Ferentz will be the team's new offensive line coach, joining his father Kirk's staff.

Brian was a Patriots' offensive assistant for four years, serving as tight ends coach last season. He guided the growth of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in the second season for both, with Gronkowski setting single-season records for touchdowns scored and receiving yards for a tight end.

Though the move is not a step up for Brian, who is considered a rising star in the coaching ranks, it is believed he very much wanted to coach with his father, whom he also played for from 2002-05.

Kirk Ferentz also coached with Bill Belichick, during Belichick's days in Cleveland.

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