Greg Davis joined the staff as the offensive coordinator, Brian Ferentz left the Patriots for a chance to coach the offensive line under his father, and former Hawkeye and NFL veteran LeVar Woods was promoted from administrative assistant to linebackers coach.
Not to mention the new indoor practice facility that the finishing touches are being put on as we speak.
Relecting on the offseason, Hawkeye athletic director Gary Barta noted the importance of getting the right foundation of people in place first, and then focusing on facility upgrades.
"The first thing you have to do is hire and retain great people. You can have horrible facilities, but great people, and still have success. You can also have great facilities, but less than great people, and you are likely going to fail. Our first responsibility is to get great people on staff."
"Once you have great people, you need to give them the tools to succeed. That's been part of our master plan."
On this episode of UCLA Football Friday, the crew caught up with linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.
Ulbrich, who spent a decade in the NFL as a linebacker, admits that he may love coaching as much as he did playing.
"You leave the game and you think there's nothing that will equal that, as far as an emotional approach. But for me it'e been a really easy transition to coaching in my brain. I always try to bring the same energy as I did as a player."
In the clip below, Ulbrich talks about still lacing the cleats up to go out to practice, and shares his experiences on the road recruiting for the first time.
Everett Withers went from graduate assistant to defensive coordinator in one promotion. That promotion at age 24 forced him to mature quickly, and also allowed him an opportunity to get some great experience at a young age.
After all, it can't be easy directing a group of coaches older than you that wanted that same promotion.
It was then that Withers had to take his own advice. The same advice that he had been telling his players.
"We all say that football is probably the closest thing to real-life situations. The ups and downs and adversity, those things you go through in football are just like everyday life. When you learn how to deal with those situations on the football field, you're better prepared for real life."
Experience and adversity, eventually become knowledge.
Brady Hoke and the Michigan staff have been landing some of the top players in the country, and their efforts are getting plenty of attention in national recruiting publications and beyond.
Although for Hoke and his staff, selling the block "M" hasn't exactly been a steep uphill battle since they were hired. However, every once in a while the prestige surrounding the maize and blue scares some recruits off.
"Every time you walk in a school or call a coach or a parent of a prospect, that block M carries a lot of weight"
"We're the 14th-ranked university in the world (by U.S. News and World Report). We're the winningest program in college football history. That combination...the stadium's kind of big, 114,000 people...that's not for everybody. That scares some guys off, and I'm glad they tell me they get a little nervous about that."