With the recent loss of associate head coach and running backs coach Lou Ayeni to his alma mater, Northwestern, Iowa State has found his replacement. The Cyclones have hired Illinois offensive analyst Nate Scheelhaase as their new running backs coach, according to an announcement from the school.
In a statement from the University, head coach Matt Campbell had nothing but praise for Scheelhaase, saying, “Nate will be a valuable addition to our staff. I feel Nate is a rising star in this profession. He is energetic, has a high football I.Q., and will fit in perfectly with our current staff. We can’t wait for Nate to get started here at Iowa State.”
Scheelhaase is only 27 years old and is a former four-star prospect who played for the Illini from 2010 to 2013. He started four years and threw for over 8,500 yards, along with 55 touchdown passes.
He’s spent the last three years at Illinois as running backs coach, assistant director of football operations, and the past two seasons as an offensive analyst under head coach Lovie Smith.
Scheelhaase enters a nice situation in Ames where the Cyclones return one of the best running backs in the Big 12 in David Montgomery, who rushed for 1,146 yards this past season, with 296 receiving yards. There’s also Sheldon Croney Jr., who averaged a team-best 5.1 yards per carry, plus there’s Kenny Nwangwu, who showed lots of promise as a freshman in 2016, but missed the 2017 season with an injury.
Scheelhaase comes to Ames with his wife, Morgan, and son, Cru.