Prestigious Honors Given to Hayden Fry

Aug. 31, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa Football Coach Hayden Fry has been named recipient of two distinguished national awards.

Last weekend Fry, along with three others, was inducted into the United States Marine Corps Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Quantico Marine base at Quantico, Virginia. The ceremony celebrated the military and athletic achievements of Fry, Ernest Tork, Lt. Col. William McMillian and 1st Lt. Andrew Lummus, Jr.

Fry has also been named recipient of the 2012 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the American Heart Association. The Award recognizes the career accomplishments of some of college’s finest football coaches. It’s the only award of its kind in the college football arena. The award highlights the outstanding achievements and extraordinary contributions which have reflected honor and sportsmanship to the game of football throughout the coach’s career. He’ll receive the award at a banquet Jan. 12th in Houston, Tex.

Fry spent 38 years behind the whistle as a head football coach taking on the challenge of elevating programs into winners. Along with Iowa, he coached at Southern Methodist and North Texas State.

Fry was Iowa’s head football coach for 20 years. When he retired he was the dean of Big Ten coaches and was just the sixth football coach in Big Ten history to coach 20 seasons.

In 2003 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He has also been honored with the prestigious Amos Alonzo Stagg Lifetime Achievement Award. Since that time he has also been inducted into Iowa’s Athletic Hall of Fame, the Baylor Wall of Fame, The Peach and Holiday Bowl Halls of Fame, the Rose Bowl and Sun Bowl Halls of Fame, and the North Texas State University Hall of Fame (formerly NTSU). These awards and honors are the culmination of a great career in collegiate football.

With Fry at the helm, Iowa’s football program ranked consistently among the nation’s best. The Hawkeyes earned 14 bowl appearances under Fry.

Fry, in 1998, concluded his 20th season as Iowa’s head coach and his 37th season as a head coach on the collegiate level. Fry had a 143-89-6 record with the Hawkeyes (96-61-5 in the Big Ten) and a career mark of 232-178-10. He is Iowa’s winningest football coach.

List of past recipients of the Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award:

2000 - Darrell Royal2001 - Charles McClendon2002 - Bill Yeoman2003 - Frank Broyles2004 - Gene Stallings2005 - Lou Holtz2006 - Jack Pardee2007 - Glenn "Bo" Schembechler2008 - Tom Osborne2009 - Barry Switzer2010 - Vince Dooley2011 - Bobby Bowden2012 - John Hayden Fry