Hernandez spent last year as a recruiting coordinator at Iowa under Kirk Ferentz, himself a UConn grad, and had worked for the past several years as an assistant coach after leaving Southington High School. Hernandez also spent a year at Miami, Fla., before coming to Iowa. Iowa's SB nation blog has the news.
Hernandez was a popular person and teammate at UConn is still endeared by members of the football program who remain at UConn. He was at UConn during his younger brother Aaron's recruitment. Aaron originally committed to joining his brother at UConn before deciding to go to Florida.
Hernandez, a Bristol native and former captain, played quarterback and was a wide receiver for the Huskies.
The conviction of his young brother was not surprisingly difficult per Hawkmania.com.
"It’s a very tough thing for D.J. to go through,’’ Ferentz said. “D.J. is a tremendous young man, had a great career at the University of Connecticut and was a very unselfish player there, a two-time captain, a very good student. There are a lot of things in life that are tough to explain. I’m not sure anybody can explain this one.’’According to his Twitter profile, D.J. Hernandez has taken a job as a project manager at a roofing and remodeling company in Dallas.