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Former Hawkeye Bobby Telford joins the Iowa wrestling coaching staff

Cody Goodwin
Hawk Central
Iowa heavyweight Bobby Telford answers questions before the NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Iowa head coach Tom Brands announced Friday that Bobby Telford will join the wrestling program's coaching staff.

Telford will be a volunteer assistant, filling a role previously held by Ben Berhow, who is transitioning to a coaching and administrative role with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

“I’m fired up to get started,” Telford said in a release. “I’ve wanted nothing but the absolute best for this team and the people in this program since arriving in Iowa City in 2011. This is an opportunity afforded to very few people, and I want to thank Tom, Terry (Brands), and (Ryan) Morningstar for giving me the chance to continue our pursuit of NCAA and World Championships.”

Telford has been a member of the HWC since his graduation in 2015. He was a three-time All-American heavyweight for the Hawkeyes and won 108 matches during his  career. 

Berhow joined the Iowa program 2013 and primarily worked with the heavier weights. He was instrumental in the development of Iowa wrestlers like Telford, Nathan Burak, Sam Stoll and Sammy Brooks, among others. Iowa wrestlers earned 28 All-American honors during Berhow’s tenure.

“This is a step forward for me,” Berhow said in a release. “This transition allows me to maintain a role inside the Hawkeye program while balancing some personal interests outside of the wrestling room. I am embracing the challenges of both and looking forward to the year ahead.”

Telford is the second coach Brands hired this summer. Quinn Holland was announced as the program’s strength and conditioning coach earlier this month. 

“We had two experienced heavyweights in our room yesterday and we’ll have two experienced heavyweights in our room tomorrow,” Brands said. “They’re both in positions that fit them professionally, and they’re both aware of the expectations demanded by their new roles. That’s a good thing, because we have a lot of horsepower on our roster and we need everyone on board.”

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.