University of Iowa Athletics
Director, Football Creative Media

Justin Elsner

Justin Elsner - Football - University of Iowa Athletics


Justin Elsner is in his first year as director of football creative media with the University of Iowa football program. Elsner served as the assistant director for one year, and previously held the position of graphic designer for one year after joining the staff as a temporary graphic designer in January, 2021. He served as student graphic design intern within the Hawkeye football program from August, 2018 through December, 2020.

Elsner works closely with the Iowa football staff regarding design and production of print and electronic recruiting materials, photography, management of football specific social media and works with UI Athletics External Relations regarding football specific activities.

Iowa posted an 8-5 record in 2022, concluding the season with a 21-0 win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl and wins in five of its final six games. Iowa’s streak of 10 straight bowl invitations is the longest in school history and the Hawkeyes have been in the Top 25 final rankings in four of the last five seasons. Iowa’s streak of 10 straight winning seasons ranks 10th best in the nation.

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 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.

Prior to working with the Hawkeye football program, Elsner was a student video intern with UI’s HawkVision from August, 2017 through May, 2018. During that same time period he served as a media consultant for the Iowa City School District, being involved with the designing, building, and maintaining of student run television station, Liberty TV.

Elsner also volunteered with the Iowa football Hawkeye Legacy program and the University of Iowa’s Best Buddies program since August, 2019.

Elsner earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa in 2020, with majors in journalism and mass communications and sports studies. He is a native of Boone, Iowa.