Tuesday, March 31, 2009
March 30, 2009
University of Iowa Sports Infomation
University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has been selected to receive the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.
Ferentz received a B.A. in English Education from the Neag School in 1978. He is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the University of Iowa. He took the Hawkeyes to six straight bowl games, the second longest streak in school history. He is a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and led his team to two Big Ten titles in four years.
Ferentz began his career as a student assistant at the University of Connecticut in 1977 where he was a football captain and an academic all-Yankee Conference linebacker.
He continued his career at Worcester Academy, the University of Pittsburgh and Iowa (1981-89). In 1990 he was named head coach of the Maine Bears. He was named Iowa’s 25th head coach in 1998.
His 2002 team was the most decorated in Iowa history, leading to Ferentz being named the AP and Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Coach of the Year in college football. His home games have sold out for the last five years (36 of 37 games) with an average attendance of 70,585 fans.