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Ryan Mahaffey rejoins UNI football as offensive coordinator

Former Panther was assistant coach in 2016

UNI's Ryan Mahaffey catches a touchdown pass against Iowa during a 2009 game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. He was announced as UNI's next offensive coordinator Tuesday. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
UNI's Ryan Mahaffey catches a touchdown pass against Iowa during a 2009 game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. He was announced as UNI's next offensive coordinator Tuesday. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR FALLS — Former Northern Iowa player and coach Ryan Mahaffey has rejoined Mark Farley’s staff as offensive coordinator.

Mahaffey, who spent the past two seasons at Western Kentucky coaching tight ends, played for UNI from 2008-2011 earning All-Missouri Valley Conference honors three times as a fullback/tight end.

After brief stints in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins, the former Panther was a graduate assistant on Brian Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Mahaffey’s previous stint with UNI was as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2016. He replaces John Bond, who resigned after the end of the 2018 season for family reasons.

“The hallmark of UNI football is always going physical play and fundamentals,” Mahaffey said in a news release. “We are devoted to creating that mindset. We will play to our personnel, and I think our guys are going to have a lot of fun playing in this system. We will use multiple formations, and we plan to play aggressive offensively. We will look to establish a physical, downhill run game, but we want to challenge the defense vertically down the field in the passing game and look to create opportunities for our athletes in space when throwing the ball.”

The Panthers were 7-6 last season and lost in the second round of the FCS playoffs. UNI ranked 87th in the FCS in total offense (347.1 yards per game) and 78th in scoring offense (25.6 points per game).

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