Heading to the State Fair?

Aug. 11, 2006

Almost 20 “Hawkeye Heroes” — including new Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands, former Chicago Bulls championship player Bobby Hansen, and “Voices of the Hawkeyes” Gary Dolphin and Bob Brooks — will appear in the University of Iowa exhibit at the 2006 Iowa State Fair Aug. 10-20. Iowa sports fans will be able to meet these standout athletes, broadcasters and coaches, get their autographs, and recall some special moments in Iowa sports history.

The exhibit also will feature Herky and Perky, members of the Iowa Dance Team; daily drawings for Hawkeye merchandise and tickets to Hawkeye football games, wrestling matches and men’s and women’s basketball games; free Hawkeye football posters and temporary tattoos; and the Hawk Shop, which again will offer a wide variety of merchandise for fans of all ages, including gift items, hats, 2006 football schedule T-shirts, Iowa Spirit wrist bands, key chains, car decals and more.

Fans of the Hwkeyes attending the Iowa State Fair can pick up schedule cards, schedule magnets, posters and other black-and-gold items by visiting the University of Iowa booth inside the Varied Industries Building.

Visitors will also be able to see displays featuring Floyd of Rosedale (a bronze trophy that goes to the winner of each year’s game between Iowa and the University of Minnesota), the men’s 2006 Big 10 Basketball Tournament Championship Trophy, Nile Kinnick’s 1939 Heisman Trophy, the Heartland Trophy (awarded annually to the winner of the Iowa-Wisconsin football game) and a display from the Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame highlighting significant people and events in Hawkeye athletic history.

Athletics won’t be the only game in town. The UI booth will also feature dozens of interactive exhibits and demonstrations and special appearances. Visitors will have a chance to meet Interim President Gary Fethke and new Athletics Director Gary Barta, see the one-of-a-kind Hawkeye chopper, and learn how the UI is working to spur economic development throughout Iowa. For the complete schedule, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/statefair.

The “Hawkeye Heroes” scheduled to appears is long and entertaining.

Mark Ironside–Wrestling 1995-1998 (2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10)
Ironside was a Big Ten wrestling champ and an All-American from 1995-98. He was Big Ten Wrestler of the Year 1996-98 and was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the Big Ten Championship in 1997. Mark was the NCAA champion at 134 pounds in 1997-98.

Ryan Hogan–Basketball 2000-2002 (3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11)
A basketball guard, Hogan transferred to Iowa from the University of Kentucky after his sophomore year. Hogan played at the University of Iowa for the 2000-2002 seasons.

Scott Carpenter–Alumni, Men’s Golf (3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11)
Carpenter was a golf letterwinner from 1993 to 1996.

Mark Gannon–Basketball 1979-1983 (4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11)
Gannon was a basketball letterwinner at the UI from 1980 to 1983 and played in all 31 games as a senior. He helped the team reach the Sweet Sixteen in 1983, and he was the 166th pick in the 1983 NBA draft where he was taken by San Diego.

Bobby Hansen–Basketball 1980-83 and Voice of the Hawkeyes (from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12)
As a collegian at Iowa, Hansen played in four NCAA tournaments between 1978 and 1981 and helped the Hawkeyes to the Final Four as a freshman in 1980. As a senior in 1983, he was Iowa’s most valuable player. He ranks 22nd on the Hawkeyes’ career scoring chart with 1,145 points. He also played for the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls, where he helped win the final 1992 NBA championship game against Portland playing alongside one of the greatest players ever, Michael Jordan. Hansen is currently an analyst for Hawkeye basketball broadcasts.

Bob Brooks–Voice of the Hawkeyes (2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13)
Brooks is a long-time broadcaster who provided play-by-play coverage of Hawkeye football and basketball for 55 years. Brooks began his career at WSUI and worked at KCRG and KHAK before assuming his current post at KMRY. Brooks was the recipient of the 2002 Chris Schenkel Award, which is presented annually by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. The award, named for legendary college football announcer Chris Schenkel, is given to a college football broadcaster on the local level who has excelled in his field and contributed to his community. It was presented to Brooks on Aug. 9, 2002, at the Mayor’s Breakfast during the College Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Weekend in South Bend, Ind.

Chuck Hartlieb–Football 1986-1988 (4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13)
Hartlieb was a record-holding quarterback during the Hayden Fry era of Hawkeye football, playing from 1986-1988. Hartlieb holds several Hawkeye records for individual games bests, including passing for 558 yards and 44 completions of 60 attempts against Indiana in 1988 and seven touchdowns against Northwestern in 1987. He was selected for First Team All-Big Ten honors in 1987 and 1988 and tied for Hawkeye Team MVP with Marv Cook and Dave Haight in 1987.

Marv Cook–Football 1985-1988 (5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13)
After excelling in multiple sports at West Branch High School, Cook went on to become one of the greatest tight ends in Hawkeye history. On Nov. 14, 1987, Cook made what is considered the greatest play in Hawkeye history to defeat Ohio State University in what is considered to be one of college football’s all-time greatest finishes. A consensus All-American at tight end, Cook was also a great student and honored on the Academic All Big 10 team. He was taken in the third round by New England in 1989 and spent seven seasons in the NFL without missing a game, playing with the Patriots for five seasons and then one year each with the Bears and Rams. In 1991 and 1992 Cook was named to the Pro Bowl.

Jon Miller–WHO Radio (5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14)
Miller, who was raised in West Branch just a few miles from Iowa City, founded the popular Hawkeye Nation in April 2001 and continues to serve as the Website’s publisher. He also supplies the sports updates for 1040 WHO and the Iowa Radio Network. He currently lives in West Des Moines with his wife and daughter.

Jim Zabel–Voice of the Hawkeyes (5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14)
Zabel is a long-time Iowa broadcaster who replaced Ronald Reagan at WHO in Des Moines and went on to call Iowa sporting events for more than 50 years.

Gary Dolphin–Voice of the Hawkeyes (noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15)
Dolphin is the current “Voice of the Hawkeyes” on radio broadcasts for both Iowa football and men’s basketball.

Tom Brands–Head Coach, Wrestling (2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15)
The new Hawkeye head wresting coach is a former Hawkeye wrestler, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and a four-time All-American. During his Hawkeye career, he was a four-time All-American (1989-1992), won three NCAA titles and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the 1992 NCAA Championships. Also a three time Big Ten champion, Brands won 95 percent of his matches at Iowa. His career mark of 158-7-2, included an undefeated season in 1991 (45-0). Later, as an assistant coach at Iowa for 12 seasons (1993-2004), Brands helped the Hawkeyes to a 177-27 dual record and seven NCAA and eight Big Ten titles, while crowning 23 NCAA Champions, 73 All-Americans and 36 Big Ten Champions. In 2004, he was one of three coaches for the U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, participating in Athens. Brands also served as assistant coach for the 2002 and 2003 U.S. Freestyle World Teams, earning Freestyle Coach of the Year honors from USA Wrestling both years. As a competitor, Brands won the 1996 Olympic freestyle gold medal at 136.5 pounds in Atlanta, Ga.

Lynn Mawe–Women’s Golf 1982-1986 (4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17)
Mawe lettered from 1982 to 1986, played on the All Big 10 tournament team in 1986 and holds the competitive, 18-hole record at Finkbine from 1969. She was also a medalist at the Iowa State High School Tournament and the IWGA state junior tournament in 1982.

Ed Podolak–Football 1965-1969 (noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18)
A former Hawkeye football star, Podolak received First Team All-Big Ten status in 1968 as a tailback when he was selected for First Team All-Big Ten honors and Hawkeye Team MVP. He went on to enjoy a stellar NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs (1969-1977). He won a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs in 1970. Today, Podolak analyzes Iowa football on the radio.

Jack Dahm–Head Coach, Baseball (2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18)
Dahm was named head coach of the UI baseball team in 2003. In his second season as the coach of the Hawkeyes, his team finished third in the Big Ten in 2005 with a record of 19-13 and an overall record of 29-28.

Al Lorenzen–Basketball 1985-1988 (4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18)
Lorenzen played basketball for the Hawkeyes from 1985 to 1988, scoring a career high 18 points as a senior before an injury kept him out the rest of the season. He made it to the NCAA tournament in all four years as a Hawkeye, and the 1987 team made it to the Sweet Sixteen. He was a four-year letterwinner.

R.J. Meyer–Football 2001-2004 (2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19
) A linebacker for the team, Meyer was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week during his junior season. He made 83 tackles as a senior (48 solo) and made six solo tackles and one assist to help Iowa win the 2001 Alamo Bowl.

Steve Krafcisin–Basketball 1978-1981 (2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20)
Krafcisin played basketball for the Hawkeyes from 1978-1981. He was second on the Iowa men’s basketball team as a senior with 15 blocked shots. He played in every game as a senior and led the team in free throws, free throws attempted and rebounds as a senior. He was also third in scoring as a senior.

Steve Waite–Basketball 1978-1981 (2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20)
A center on the team, Waite was named second team academic All-American as a senior. He led the team in blocked shots as a senior and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten player. Waite is probably best known for making a three-point play in the final seconds of the NCAA East Region finals to beat Georgetown and send Iowa to the 1980 Final Four.