Legendary Iowa defense coordinator Bill Brashier died earlier this month at the age of 93.
Of course, Brashier was a fundamental part of the Hawkeyes’ successes under former head coach Hayden Fry. Indeed, in 1978, Brashier was one of the members of Fry’s original coaching staff, serving as the Hawkeyes’ secondary defensive coach.
He was eventually promoted to defensive coordinator and then assistant head coach ahead of the 1983 season. Brashier retired from coaching after Iowa’s 38-18 win over Washington at the Sun Bowl to close out the 1995 season.
During Brashier’s 17-year tenure with the program, the Hawkeyes won three Big Ten titles and appeared in 12 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls. The Hawkeyes won eight or more games in 10 of brazen‘s 17 seasons on the staff.
brazen was a three-year starter at North Texas as a defensive back, quarterback, and punter (1949-51). He accumulated 10 interceptions in 1951 and had 19 career steals. Both are school records that still stand. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in North Texas and returned to North Texas for 11 seasons as an assistant coach before joining the Iowa staff.
“Invoice brazen was a great defensive coach. Leadership was an integral part of every win and championship our program achieved in the 1980s and 1990s, and it was my honor to train alongside him as a young assistant. He brought out the absolute best in all of his players every day. They loved and respected him as a leader and as a person.
“Bill was never flamboyant or flashy. He didn’t seek the limelight. As a coach he was unrivaled. Additionally, Bill has been an incredible mentor to young coaches like Barry Alvarez, Dan McCarney and myself. There was no better person for a young coach. Mary and I offer our heartfelt condolences to Bill’s wife Ann, his family, his former players and all his friends,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement about Brashier after his death.
Now the Hawkeyes are honoring Brashier with helmet decals bearing his initials directly above the American flag this Friday against Nebraska.
What a cool gesture from the Hawkeyes to honor a man who was a big part of Iowa’s success in the 1980s and ’90s, but especially in the last 24 years under Kirk Ferentz. Along with head coach Hayden Fry, Bill Brashier helped lay the foundation for the successful Iowa football that fans enjoy today.
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