Kirk Ferentz earns national coach of the year honor
The dream continues for Iowa.
Kirk Ferentz, who already picked up B1G Coach of the Year honors, earned another award for leading the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl.
The Iowa coach was named the Woody Hayes Coach of the Year, which has been presented annually to the top coach in college football since 1977. Named after the former Ohio State coach, it was the first time Ferentz ever earned the honor in his 17th season with the Hawkeyes.
Urban Meyer was the last B1G coach to win the award, which he earned after leading the Buckeyes to a 12-0 mark in 2012.
In addition to the Woody Hayes Award, Ferentz is also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award (Football Writers Association of America) and the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award (Maxwell Football Club).
The Hawkeyes earned their first 12-0 regular season in school history under Ferentz. Iowa was an L.J. Scott reach away from earning the B1G Championship and advancing to the College Football Playoff.
Instead, Iowa will play in its first Rose Bowl since 1991. The Hawkeyes will take on Stanford on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT.