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Joe Schaefer joining Iowa State football staff

Director of scouting joins ISU from Maryland

Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell, talking with his team following their spring football game at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, has hired Joe Schaefer as director of recruiting. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell, talking with his team following their spring football game at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, has hired Joe Schaefer as director of recruiting. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

AMES — Iowa State has hired Joe Schaefer as its director of football scouting, the school announced Monday.

Schaefer replaces John Kuceyeski, who left last week to become the running backs coach at Cornell.

“I’m really excited to be here at Iowa State,” Schaefer said in a release. “I think the people that are here are exceptional. I have known a number of them for a long time. The atmosphere in Ames and support is all I have heard about, and I am very excited to get going.”

For the last six months, Schaefer has been with Maryland as a quality control assistant.

Like many of his colleagues on the ISU coaching staff, Schaefer has roots in Ohio. He was the head football coach at Benedictine High School (Cleveland) from 2013-15, where he accumulated a 35-6 record.

The Parma Heights, Ohio, native guided Benedictine to an Ohio Division IV state title in 2014 and went 12-1 with the school in 2015. Schaefer also was an assistant at Benedictine in 2011-12.

Schaefer has been with Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell at two previous stops. As a 2008 graduate of Bowling Green, Schaefer played defensive end for the school from 2004-08 when Campbell was an assistant coach. Their paths crossed again in 2010 when Schaefer was a graduate assistant at Toledo and Campbell was an assistant with the Rockets.

“There are a couple of coaches out there in Matt’s position that I am very close with,” Schaefer said in the release. “Obviously, family is very important to Matt. He’s hired a great group of guys at Iowa State. I am just happy to have the opportunity to work for a coach like Matt.”

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