Austin replaces Kareem Bacon as the Hatters’ assistant coach in charge of running backs. A native of Tampa, Fla., Austin spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa after completing a graduate assistant position at Southwest Minnesota State. He coached running backs at UNI.
A graduate of Iowa State University, Austin was a four-year varsity letterman and a four-year starter from 1999-2002. The Cyclones participated in the 2001 Independence Bowl and the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl. He received Big 12 honorable mention honors in 2001 and was given the Reuben J. Miller Award his senior year, designated for the player whose conduct on and off the field brings honor to ISU.
“Atif is an outstanding addition to our staff,” Hughes said. “His experiences, both as a player and coaching running backs at FCS playoff programs, made him a very attractive candidate. He is also a skilled special teams coach.”
Austin played at Tarpon Springs High School in Tampa as a tailback, quarterback, cornerback and wide receiver and was voted Most Valuable Player his senior year. He also earned letters in wrestling and track and field.
He returned to his alma mater as head coach in 2010, doubling as offensive coordinator.
“His experience both playing and coaching at Tarpon Springs High School will further strengthen our recruiting ties within the state,” Hughes said. “I am very excited by the opportunity to work with him.”
Austin graduated from ISU in 2003 with a B.A. in Sociology and received his masters in Leadership and Education from Southern Minnesota in 2005.
The Hatters will open the 2013 season on Saturday, August 31, at newly renovated Spec Martin Memorial Stadium against Warner International. Season tickets for the 2013 season are available by visiting www.GoHatters.com/tix or by calling 386-738-HATS (4287).