University of Iowa Athletics
Director, Football Creative Media

Justin Elsner

Justin Elsner - Football - University of Iowa Athletics


Justin Elsner is in his second 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.

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.

Iowa has earned 25 conference victories between 2020-23, matching its highest four-year conference win total in program history (1982-85 and 2002-05).

Iowa 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.

The Hawkeyes won 10 games in 2021, winning the Big Ten West Division title and advancing to the conference championship game. Iowa concluded the season with an appearance in the Citrus Bowl and was ranked 23rd in the final national rankings.

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.