Before the Kirk Ferentz era, there was the Hayden Fry era at the University of Iowa. From 1979 to 1998, Fry was the Hawkeye’s successful and beloved football coach; he is Iowa’s winningest coach in school history with a 143-89-6 record.
On Dec. 30, Fry will be inducted into the 2010 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame class in Pasadena, Calif. He will be joined by Purdue’s running back/safety Leroy Keyes and USC’s offensive lineman Brad Buddle.
Fry’s former assistant and Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez will be his presenter at the ceremony.
During Fry’s 20-year run, he led the Hawkeyes to 96 Big Ten victories, three league titles and three visits to the Rose Bowl. After a 20-year hiatus, the Hawkeyes traveled to Pasadena after the 1981 season, followed by additional visits for the 1985 and 1991 teams.
Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, Rose Bowl wins have not been in the cards.
One of Fry’s former players will be at the Rose Bowl this year, Wisconsin’s football coach Bret Bielema. Bielema is not alone in those who have either played or coached under Fry and have seen successul in the collegiate football world.
In a Hawkesports.com article, Fry proudly noted a number of former coaches/players that will be coaching teams in this year’s bowl games: Bo Pelini (Nebraska), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa), Mike Stoops (Arizona), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), Mark Hendrickson (Western Illinois), and Jerry Moore (Appalachian State).
Fry is also credited with painting the visitor’s locker room pink at Kinnick Stadium. A psychology major from Baylor, Fry knew the color pink was sometimes used in jails and mental institutions to relax and pacify residents; he believed it could have the same effect on a visiting players.
The Rose Bowl induction isn’t Fry’s first recognition for his contributions to accomplishments in college football. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and in 2005, he was also honored with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Lifetime Achievement Award . Fry has also been inducted into the Baylor Wall of Fame, the Peach, Sun and Holiday Bowl Halls of Fame and the North Texas State Hall of Fame.
Congratulations Coach Fry. I think Hawkeye Nation looks forward to coach Kirk Ferentz some day joining you in this honor.
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Written by Debbie Baratz