Paul Rhoads

Paul Rhoads

Former Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads has been hired by Arkansas coach Brett Bielema to coach the Razorbacks’ defensive backs.

“Paul has had a long standing reputation as a great teacher and recruiter even prior to his years of experience as a coordinator and head coach,” said Bielema. “He instantly brings years of experience to our defensive staff room and has coached the secondary and defensive backs to the highest levels of success.”

Rhoads spent seven seasons as the Iowa State coach and led the Cyclones to three bowl games. The Cyclones were 3-9 in his final season as head coach.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Arkansas program and can’t wait to help build on the success coach Bielema and the staff have already experienced in three years,” said Rhoads. “Not only does coach Bielema have a track record of building winning programs but also developing young men of great character. Both are things I’m excited to be part of.”

Rhoads is no stranger to the SEC. Prior to returning to Iowa State, he spent the 2008 season as the defensive coordinator at Auburn under former head coach Tommy Tuberville.