Iowa to wear special patch honoring legendary coach Hayden Fry
The Iowa football team will be honoring legendary head coach Hayden Fry with a special patch on the jerseys during the 2020 season.
On Thursday, Iowa shared an image on social media, showing that Hawkeye football players will have a patch on the sleeve with the initials “JHF,” which stands for John Hayden Fry. The longtime Iowa head coach passed away on Dec. 17, 2019.
Fry was 90.
That’s what it’s all about.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) October 1, 2020
Fry was the head coach of the Hawkeyes from 1979-1998, where he compiled a 143-89-6 record. He guided the program to appearances in 14 bowl games during that 20-year run, with Iowa finishing the season ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 in 10 seasons.
Iowa hit the 8-win mark 11 times during Fry’s tenure and won or shared a B1G title in three seasons. The Hawkeyes appeared in three Rose Bowl Games — 1981, 1985 and 1990.
Before taking over at Iowa, Fry coached at SMU and North Texas State (now just North Texas). He compiled a 232-178-10 record during his coaching career.