University of Iowa Athletics
Director, Player Personnel

Scott Southmayd

Scott Southmayd - Football - University of Iowa Athletics


Scott Southmayd is in his 20th season with the University of Iowa football program. He is in his eighth year as director of player personnel. Southmayd served as Iowa’s quality control director for eight years (2006-13) and administrative assistant for four years (2002-05).

As Iowa’s director of player personnel, Southmayd is involved in many facets of the football program; with the focus being on assisting with Iowa’s recruiting efforts. His main responsibilities include prospect identification, roster management, and on-campus recruiting.

As Iowa’s quality control director, Southmayd assisted the recruiting coordinator with the administration of the recruiting process, hosting prospective student-athletes during their visit to campus and gathering information on recruits. He also served as a liaison with other University administration and support areas.

As Iowa’s administrative assistant, Southmayd assisted the coaching staff in compiling statistical information, gathering information on opponents and recruits and assisting in the day to day operation of the football office.

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 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.

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.

Along with winning its most recent three bowl games, Iowa also participated in the 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 19 seasons.

Iowa has won 157 games over the past 19 seasons, including 96 Big Ten games. Along with the 2015 division title, the Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten’s first division in 17 of the past 19 years.

Prior to coming to the University of Iowa, Southmayd was a student coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa, from 1998 to 2001. While at Central, he coached the receivers and worked primarily with the offense. In that time span, Central won three Iowa Conference football championships and participated in four NCAA Division III playoffs. In the summer of 2001, Scott served as an intern with the University of Northern Iowa football program.

Southmayd graduated cumma laude from Central College in 2002 with a B.A. in general studies. While at Central, he was the recipient of the Marjorie Giles Leadership Award. Southmayd earned a master’s degree in recreation sport management and leisure studies from the University of Iowa in 2004.

A native of Readlyn, Iowa, Southmayd attended Wapsie Valley High School and played on a state championship football team coached by his father, Jerry Southmayd. Scott was awarded the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Iowa High School Scholar-Athlete Award in 1998.

Southmayd was born in Waverly, Iowa. Scott and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, sons Landon and Carter, and a daughter, Hannah.

Southmayd’s Coaching Career
School – Position, Years
Iowa – Director of Player Personnel, 2014-Present
Iowa – Quality Control Director, 2006-13
Iowa – Administrative Assistant, 2002-05
Central College – Student Assistant, 1998-2001