University of Iowa Athletics
Graduate Assistant

Keeston Terry

Bio

Keeston Terry is in his third year as a graduate assistant coach with the Iowa football program. He assists with the Hawkeye wide receivers.

Following back-to-back narrow losses to open the 2020 season, Iowa won six straight games, all in Big Ten play, to complete the regular season. The Hawkeyes scored at least 26 points in each of the six wins. The winning streak included road wins at Minnesota, Penn State and Illinois, and trophy game victories over Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes were ranked 15th in the nation in the final CFP rankings and coaches poll, and 16th by the Associated Press.

Iowa has won three straight postseason games and 12 straight nonconference games. The Hawkeyes were selected to compete in the 2020 Music City Bowl, but that event was canceled. Iowa’s streak of eight straight bowl invitations matches the longest in school history.

Iowa won 47 games from 2015-19, the highest total in school history over any five-year period, and a total that ranked ninth nationally. Iowa won its final four games in 2019 and ranked 15th in the nation in the final Associated Press and coaches polls.

Iowa’s offense in 2020 led the Big Ten in red zone offense (0.917) and ranked second in scoring (31.8). The Hawkeyes scored at least 25 points in all six wins. Among wide receivers, senior Ihmir Smith-Marsette earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors (25-345-4 TDs), while senior Brandon Smith recorded 23 receptions for 231 yards and two scores. Smith-Marsette totaled over 1,600 career receiving yards and ranks 10th with 3,415 career all-purpose yards. Smith totaled over 1,000 career receiving yards.

The Hawkeyes concluded the 2019 campaign with a 10-3 record following a 49-24 win over No. 22 Southern California in the Holiday Bowl. The three losses were all to ranked opponents by a combined 14 points. The Hawkeyes were 4-1 in trophy games for the third straight season.

Iowa’s efficient offense in 2019 featured senior quarterback Nate Stanley completing just under 60 percent of his passes to a talented and deep wide receiver corp. Redshirt freshman Nico Ragaini (46-439) and junior Ihmir Smith-Marsette (44-722) each had over 40 receptions, while junior Brandon Smith (37-439) and redshirt freshman Tyrone Tracy, Jr. both totaled over 35 receptions. All six Hawkeyes who recorded at least 15 receptions return in 2020. Smith-Marsette (1,270 yards) and Smith (815) rank among Iowa’s career leaders.

Terry joined the Hawkeye program from Pittsburg State, where he coached cornerbacks for two seasons. He was a graduate assistant coach in 2017 before becoming a fulltime assistant in 2018.

Terry coached three defensive backs who earned All-MIAA honors at cornerback in 2017 and 2018.

Terry enjoyed a decorated three-year playing career for Pittsburg State from 2012-14. He earned All-MIAA honors as a safety all three seasons for the Gorillas. He also earned All-Super Region Three and NCAA Division II All-America accolades as a senior, helping Pittsburg State to the MIAA Championship.

Terry began his college playing career at Kansas (2010-11), starting 10 games for the Jayhawks as a redshirt freshman in 2011.

Terry is a native of Blue Springs, Missouri. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Pittsburg State in December, 2015. He is pursuing his master’s degree in educational leadership.

Terry was born Nov. 18, 1991.