Iowa State tabs former Illinois coach as running backs coach

Nate Scheelhaase

Nate Scheelhaase

Jack Macdonald

Former University of Illinois coach Nate Scheelhaase has been named the new running backs coach for Iowa State. Scheelhaase comes to Ames after spending time as the assistant director of football operations, running backs coach and offensive analyst. 

Scheelhaase graduated from Illinois in 2012 as the schools all-time offensive leader with 10,634 yards. The former quarterback was a four-year starter and amassed 2,066 rushing yards. 

“Nate will be a valuable addition to our staff,” said head coach Matt Campbell in a press release. “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 will return star running back David Montgomery, Mike Warren, Kene Nwangwu, Sheldon Croney Jr. and Johnnie Lang. All five have received playing time since donning the cardinal and gold. 

Scheelhaase will receive his first taste of what he’s working with when Iowa State plays its annual spring game on April 14.