IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Former University of Iowa assistant athletic trainer and travel coordinator John Streif will serve as honorary captain Saturday when Iowa hosts Wyoming at Kinnick Stadium (11:01 a.m., BTN) to kick off the season.
Streif retired from the UI athletics department in 2012. John joined the staff in 1972, serving as assistant athletic trainer for 40 years, while adding the position of travel coordinator in 1980. He also served as a member of Iowa’s Athlete Assistance Program.
A native of Manchester, Iowa, Streif joined the Iowa staff after serving as assistant athletic trainer at West Point Military Academy from 1970-72. Streif also served three summers as assistant athletic trainer at the Detroit Lions preseason camps.
In 1994, former Iowa basketball players established the John Streif Endowed Scholarship. The 1997 Iowa basketball team voted Streif co-winner of the annual Chris Street Award. The athletic training facilities in recently renovated Carver-Hawkeye Arena are named in honor of Streif, due to a substantial gift and request from former Iowa basketball letterman Ronnie Lester.
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz presented Streif with the game ball following Iowa’s 19-16 win over Texas Tech in the 2001 Alamo Bowl. Streif was the recipient of the 2003 Bump Elliott Appreciation Award, presented by the Iowa football team. He was also awarded the National Iowa Varsity Club Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Streif was recognized in June, 2001, with the Athletic Training Service Award, and received his 25-years of Service Award in 2000. He received the Hall of Honor Award from the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society in 2008. Streif was honored in May, 2010, with the first PRO-CATS Quality of Life Award, presented by the College Athletic Trainers Society at the annual national convention.
Streif received the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Recognition Award in January, 2007, and the David J. Skorton Staff Excellence Award for Public Service in July, 2006. John also received the 2009 Honorable Mention Award: Educator of Character, from Character Counts in Iowa.
Streif served as the men’s basketball athletic trainer at the 1987 Pan American Games, and also served in numerous USOC athletic training assignments throughout his career. He traveled on numerous occasions with Big Ten men’s basketball all-star teams. He coordinated several overseas tours for the Iowa basketball program and hosted overseas alumni tours for the University of Iowa Alumni Association.
Streif holds certification from the National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. and is a member of the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society and the College Athletic Trainers Society. He earned his bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Iowa in 1970.
Streif will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for Saturday’s pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.