CEDAR FALLS, Iowa(KWWL)– UNI football head coach Mark Farley has announced the hire of UNI alum and former NFL player Ryan Mahaffey as the offensive coordinator.
Mahaffey previously served as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Panthers. He returns to Cedar Falls after a two-year stint as the tight ends coach at Western Kentucky.
“I think it is a great opportunity for UNI football, and I think it is a great opportunity for Ryan,” Farley said. “We brought Ryan back, because he is UNI football. He knows the strengths of this university. He knows what works within our football program and he understands an Iowa high school football player who fits our school and fits our team. We are excited to have someone as passionate as Ryan in our program. UNI is a special place, and Ryan brings an awareness of UNI football and the tradition of winning and excellence. He brings those intangibles to the table with his experiences here as a player and coach.”
Mahaffey replaces John Bond who resigned his position because of family considerations. He returns to lead an offensive staff that is mainly intact from last season and hopes to continue the things that UNI football is known for, hard-nosed football.
“The hallmark of UNI football is always going physical play and fundamentals,” Mahaffey said. “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.”
Mahaffey made his name at UNI as a three-time All-Conference tight end and fullback for the Panthers. During his time, UNI earned three consecutive conference titles. He graduated in 2011, earning his degree in economics. He also earned MVFC Scholar-Athlete honors in 2009 and 2010. He was also a team captain in 2010.
He went on to play two years in the NFL, suiting up for the Baltimore Ravens, the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins.
He returned to UNI in 2013 to coach tight ends before joining Brian Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame as a graduate assistant working with wide receivers during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He worked with Will Fuller, who earned second-team All-American honors after racking up 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns.