IOWA CITY, Iowa – Chic Ejiasi, a former Hawkeye who currently serves as the University of Iowa’s Director of Player Development, will serve as Iowa’s honorary captain this weekend as the Hawkeyes host Central Michigan (11:01 a.m., BTN) in Kinnick Stadium.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Ejiasi was an Iowa defensive back who lettered from 2001-04. Ejiasi was named to his current position in September, 2008 after previously serving as an administrative assistant for two years.
Ejiasi was a member of Big Ten championship teams in both 2002 and 2004. The Hawkeyes competed in four bowl games during his career, claiming three victories, while posting an overall record of 38-12.
Ejiasi saw action in all 12 games as a senior and earned the Hustle Team Award for his play on Iowa’s special teams. He concluded his career with 49 tackles.
Ejiasi attended Prairie High School. He earned second team all-state honors as a senior and was a first team all-conference selection as a junior and senior. He was team captain and MVP as a senior, playing both wide receiver and defensive back. He set single-game school records for receiving yards (190 yards) and interceptions (four) and also earned four letters in wrestling and track.
In his current position, Ejiasi assists Iowa student-athletes in their transition from high school to being a student-athlete at the college level, as well as helping secure employment opportunities after college graduation. Ejiasi also does extensive work in organizing community service efforts, as well as acting as a liaison between the Academic Student Services staff and Iowa’s football student-athletes.
Ejiasi will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for Saturday’s pregame coin toss.