Following the departure of Alex Golesh to UCF Iowa State needed to fill both his recruiting coordinator role, which has been filled by Nate Scheelhaase, and his position as the tight ends coach. As was first reported by FootballScoop.com, former Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall is headed to Ames to coach the running backs. The backs were previously coached by Tom Manning, who will be taking over the tight ends room in a reprisal of his role with Indianapolis Colts.
#IowaState is hiring Mick McCall as running backs coach, ISU coach Matt Campbell confirmed to me. McCall served as Northwestern's offensive coordinator/QBs coach from 2008-2019. McCall and Campbell worked together at Bowling Green for 3 seasons. Football Scoop first reported.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 21, 2020
The hire brings a great deal of experience to the staff, as well as a penchant for beating Iowa with teams that had no business doing so. McCall has a history of calling coaching offenses that punch above their weight class.
At Northwestern he was responsible for turning guys like Trevor Siemian, Dan Persa, Kain Colter, Mike Kafka into highly successful quarterbacks that all made NFL rosters. Before Northwestern, he was the offensive coordinator behind Bowling Green’s high-flying offenses in the mid-2000s, and coached QB Omar Jacobs to a 41-4 TD to interception ratio, which still stands at the best mark in NCAA history.
More than anything, McCall bring a plethora of experience and should be a valuable addition to the coaching staff.