Messingham brings a varied background to his new role as Cyclone offensive coordinator


Courtney Messingham has been promoted to be Iowa State’s new offensive coordinator.

“We have hired the right man,” Coach Paul Rhoads said.

Messingham already has relationships with coaches and players plus a full understanding of Rhoads’ philosophy. He will have no learning curve after three years as a position coach at ISU.

Beyond preparing for practices, formulating game plans and calling plays, Rhoads wants Messingham to tutor the quarterbacks.

“We need position development all over the field,” Rhoads said. “Courtney will be a great teacher for the quarterbacks and I feel he will make a big impact in that area.”

Messingham played QB as a prep and collegian. He has coached QBs as well as running backs, wide receivers and tight ends in a long career. As a player at Northern Iowa, Messingham was coached by Darrell Mudra, Earle Bruce and Terry Allen. He has coached single positions, coordinated offenses and served as a head coach.

Messingham’s experience is vast.

Moving to coordinator is his second promotion at Iowa State in two years. Rhoads has seen some special characteristics in Messingham.

“We need to teach the quarterback position and Courtney will do that,” Rhoads said.

With a young group of skill position athletes and growing depth on the line returning for 2012, Messingham and the ISU offense are in a good spot.

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