Sam Brincks serves as assistant director of player development with the University of Iowa football program. Brincks was a four-year letterman for the Hawkeyes during his playing career (2015-18). He redshirted in 2014 after joining the program as a walk-on and in 2019 assisted Iowa’s recruiting staff. He served as interim director of player development for one year.
The Hawkeyes won 10 games in 2021, winning the Big Ten’s West Division title and advancing to the conference championship game. Iowa concluded the season with an appearance in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl and was ranked 23rd in the nation in the final national rankings. Iowa’s streak of nine straight bowl invitations matches the longest in school history and the Hawkeyes have been in the Top 25 final rankings four straight seasons.
Iowa opened the 2021 season with six straight wins and closed the regular season with four straight victories to earn the West Division title and a berth in the league championship game for the second time since 2015. Iowa has been in the final national rankings in each of the past four seasons and has earned 19 conference wins in the past three seasons, Iowa’s highest three-year conference win total since 2002-04.
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 were ranked 15th in the nation in the final CFP rankings and coaches poll, and 16th by the Associated Press.
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.
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 completed the 2018 season with a 9-4 mark and a final ranking of 25th in the Associated Press national rankings. The Hawkeyes earned a 27-22 Outback Bowl win over No. 18 Mississippi State to close the season with three straight wins. The four losses came by a total of 23 points and all were decided in the final minutes of play. Iowa tied for second in the Big Ten West Division.
The Hawkeyes posted a perfect 12-0 regular season record in 2015, winning the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. Iowa participated in the 2016 Rose Bowl Game and the 2015 Big Ten Championship and ended the season in the top 10 in the final national rankings.
Iowa’s most recent bowl game invitations include the 2022 Citrus Bowl, 2020 Music City Bowl, 2019 Holiday Bowl, 2019 Outback Bowl, 2017 Outback Bowl, 2016 Rose Bowl Game, 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl and 2014 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls five times in the past 20 seasons.
As a defensive tackle, Brincks recorded 40 career tackles, two pass break-ups and one recovered fumble. On special teams he scored on a 10-yard touchdown reception as part of the field goal unit at Penn State in 2018. He started all 13 games as a senior and was the recipient of the Brett Greenwood Award for defense. Brincks twice earned Academic All-Big Ten distinction.
Brincks is a native of Carroll, Iowa, and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School. As a prep he earned first-team all-conference and all-state honors as a junior and senior, seeing action as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Kuemper posted a perfect 14-0 record while winning the Class 2A state title his senior season. Brincks was a football team captain as a senior. He was a three-year letterman in both basketball and track, earning all-state basketball honors as a junior and senior.
Brincks earned his bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management from Iowa in 2018.
Brincks was born October 20, 1995.