May 24, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tyler Barnes, a highly regarded recruiting assistant at the University of Iowa, has been added in a key recruiting role with the Vanderbilt Commodores, Head Coach James Franklin announced today.
Barnes, 28, will serve in the position of co-recruiting coordinator for the Commodores, who are coming off what recruiting experts consider the team's best signing class ever.
"Tyler is a tremendous addition to our staff," Franklin said. "He brings a great deal of knowledge and a ton of energy to our recruiting effort. Tyler is considered one of the brightest young recruiters in the nation, coming from an Iowa program that I have tremendous respect. We couldn't be more excited to have Tyler join our family."
A native of Decatur, Ill., and graduate of MacArthur H.S., Barnes spent more than four years with the Iowa program as a student assistant, graduate assistant and administrative assistant. The Hawkeyes have been one of the Big Ten's elite programs in the two decades.
"Vanderbilt is exactly where I want to be and I'm appreciative to Coach Franklin for the opportunity to build the Commodore program," Barnes said. "I wanted to focus on recruiting and Coach Franklin's staff does it as well as any in the nation."
Since January 2012, Barnes has served in an administrative assistant's role at Iowa, focusing on football recruiting and operations. Barnes started with the Iowa program in 2009, and became the Hawkeye student assistant the following year, helping Iowa coaches in various ways, including compiling statistical and recruiting information, and operating on-campus football clinics and camps. He became an Iowa graduate assistant in 2011, serving in that role until being promoted in 2012.
During Barnes' tenure at Iowa, the Hawkeyes captured the 2010 BCS Orange Bowl over Georgia Tech, beat Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl, and made a return engagement to the 2011 Insight Bowl.
The Hawkeyes have produced 19 NFL draft picks since Barnes joined the staff, the highest total of any Big Ten school. The recent list of Hawkeye draftees includes three first-round selections: offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga in 2010, defensive end Adrian Clayborn in 2011, and offensive tackle Riley Reiff, 2012.
Barnes earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a double major in Finance and Sports Studies. In 2011, he earned a master's from Iowa in Recreation and Sports Management.
Barnes and his fiancé, Joanne Ferentz, have plans to marry this summer.