Jon Budmayr is in his second season as the senior special assistant to the head coach after being an offensive analyst in 2022.
In 2023, the Hawkeyes won 10 games, including their final four, to capture the Big Ten West Division for the second time in three years. Iowa advanced to another January bowl game (Citrus Bowl) and finished the season ranked No. 24. The Hawkeyes have been ranked in the final AP Top 25 five of the last six seasons.
In his first season at Iowa the Hawkeyes won eight contests 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.
Budmayr joined the Iowa staff from Colorado State, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2021.
Budmayr spent six seasons at Wisconsin, including the final three as quarterbacks coach. He also served as a quality control assistant (2016-17) and graduate assistant (2015) with the Badgers. His first year in college coaching was as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh in 2014.
Under Budmayr’s direction, Badger quarterbacks set Wisconsin program records, including a school-record 236 completions by then-junior Jack Coan in 2019. Coan’s 2019 season also included the third-most passing yards in a season in Wisconsin history (2,727), and his 69.6 percent completion rate ranked third in school history and was No. 7 nationally that year. Coan’s passing efficiency rating of 151.8 is also the third-highest at Wisconsin for a single season.
Budmayr was also integral in the recruitment and development of Graham Mertz, one of the highest rated quarterbacks in Wisconsin history. In his first career start at Illinois in 2020 as a redshirt freshman, Mertz was a stellar 20-of-21 (95.2%) for 248 yards and five touchdowns.
Prior to his promotion to quarterbacks coach at the start of the 2018 season, Budmayr served as a quality control assistant for two seasons and spent 2015 as a graduate assistant with UW’s quarterbacks.
In 2017, sophomore Alex Hornibrook threw for 2,644 yards and 25 touchdowns, second-most in Wisconsin history. Four of his TD passes came in the Orange Bowl, earning him MVP honors in the Badgers’ 34-24 win over Miami. Sharing the quarterback duties in 2016, senior Bart Houston and Hornibrook combined to give UW a pair of 1,000-yard passers and had the Badgers ranked fourth in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (135.9).
His first season on staff saw Budmayr assisting the second-leading passer in Wisconsin history, Joel Stave, who threw for 2,687 yards as a senior and was named MVP of the Holiday Bowl for leading the Badgers past USC.
Budmayr returned to Wisconsin after spending a year as an offensive graduate assistant at Pittsburgh under head coach Paul Chryst.
Injuries derailed Budmayr’s playing career at Wisconsin after the 2010 season, when he lettered for the UW team that posted an 11-2 record and won the Big Ten title. He went on to serve as a student assistant coach for the Badgers in 2012 and 2013.
As a prep, Budmayr quarterbacked Marian Central Catholic to the Illinois Class 5A title game as a sophomore and the state semifinals as a junior before missing his senior season due to injury. A three-year starter, he finished his prep career with 5,172 passing yards and 38 touchdowns.
Budmayr earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wisconsin in 2013. He was born Dec. 15, 1990, and is native of Woodstock, Illinois. He and his wife, Kaitlyn, have a daughter, Sienna, and a son, Jack.