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Iowa State Assistant Coach Joins Philadelphia Eagles

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The Iowa State Cyclones are losing assistant coach D.K. McDonald to the Philadelphia Eagles. McDonald was the Iowa State safeties coach and has been working with head coach Matt Campbell dating back to his time at Toledo in 2012.

The news was first reported by Football Scoop.

McDonald worked with the cornerbacks his first three seasons in Ames before moving to the safeties.

McDonald’s involvement with the Cyclone defense has helped the team rank in the top-three in the Big 12 in scoring defense in each of the last four seasons. The 2020 Cyclones were second in the Big 12 in both scoring defense (21.4) and total defense (340.4), the lowest total defensive total in 15 years.


Some of McDonald’s success stories include former All-American cornerback Brian Peavy. More recently, he helped three safeties to All-Big 12 honors in Greg Eisworth, Lawrence White and Isheem Young.

McDonald has ties to Pennsylvania. He played at Edinboro College from 1997-2000. He also coached the secondary there from 2003 to 2006. He was then the secondary coach at Indiana (PA) before a brief stint at William and Mary, which was then followed up by joining Toledo in 2012.

McDonald and his wife have two daughters and we wish him well in his leap to the NFL.

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