My personal connection with Iowa State Football's new GA, Xavier Quigley
The Iowa State Cyclones football program announced an addition to their coaching staff today, naming Ankeny, Iowa, native Xavier Quigley as a graduate assistant. Quigley comes to the Cyclones after spending the 2019 season as a graduate assistant for the Akron Zips, Quigley's alma mater.
Quigley's role on the Cyclones coaching staff will likely serve as help along the offensive line. An area that has plagued the Cyclones during the Matt Campbell era. Quigley brings plenty of offensive line experience with him, serving as a two-year letterman with the Zips.
Prior to his Akron days, Quigley was an all-conference lineman at Iowa Western Community College, and a key contributor to their 2014 NJCAA national championship game appearance.
During his high school days, Quigley -- along with high school teammate and former Cyclones quarterback/linebacker Joel Lanning -- was an integral member of the 2012 Ankeny Hawks team that went 14-0 to win the Class 4A State title.
On a personal note, I could not be more happy with or proud of this announcement. Having grown up around the Quigley family, I can personally attest to the kind of person the Cyclones are adding with Xavier. The family has always been massive supporters of the Iowa State program, and Xavier's warmth and passion will fit in well in the locker room.
I have zero doubt that this hire will not only help produce results on the field, but absolutely fits with the culture that Coach Campbell has been building since his arrival in Ames.