In Memory of Hayden Fry 1929-2019


A former state championship quarterback from Odessa High School (1946), Hayden Fry was the head football coach at SMU (1962-1972) and North Texas State (1973-1978) before taking the job at Iowa (1979-1998). Fry broke the color barrier in the SWC when he awarded Jerry LeVias a scholarship to SMU in 1966. The winningest coach in Iowa football history, Fry's 20-season record was 143-89-6. Under Fry the Hawkeyes won Big Ten championships in 1982, 1986 and 1991. He is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and has twice been named National Coach of the Year. After 37 seasons his career record stands at 232-178-10 and includes trips to 17 bowl games. Fry is also a past president of the American Football Coaches Association. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

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