Kirk Ferentz passes Hayden Fry as Iowa's all-time winningest coach with Week 1 win
Hayden Fry was fantastic at Iowa.
Fry, who coached the Hawkeyes from 1979-1998, ended his career with a 143-89-6 overall record. The 143 wins marked a program record up until Saturday afternoon.
Kirk Ferentz, who has been the man in charge at Iowa since 1999, was 143-97 going into the 2018 season opener against Northern Illinois. Ferentz and the Hawkeyes never showed much doubt as to who the better team was, going on to win 33-7.
With the victory, Ferentz got his 144th win, which marks the new record for most wins as a head coach at Iowa.
Congratulation Coach! All-Time Winningest Coach in Iowa Football History | #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/x5uW1piuoL
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) September 1, 2018
Players reacted to the record being broken:
Congrats to Kirk Ferentz for becoming the winningest coach in Iowa Hawkeye history!! GO HAWKS!! #iowahawkeyes #hawkeyefootball #hawkeyenation
— Quinn Early (@QuinnEarly) September 1, 2018
Congrats to Coach Ferentz for becoming the School All-Time win leader. Great Day to be a Hawkeye!!#GoHawks #Hawkeyes #hawkeyenation #breaktherock
— Fred Russell (@Freddyballa2) September 1, 2018
Proud to have played with The University of Iowa’s All-Time Winningest Coach!!!! Congratulations to Coach Ferentz on a great accomplishment!!!! #GOHAWKS @HawkeyeFootball
— Kevonte’ Martin-Manley (@KMM_11) September 1, 2018
Congrats Coach Ferentz! #alltimewins #gohawks! #year20 @HawkeyeFootball
— BRAD BANKS (@BRADBANKS7) September 1, 2018
Really wish I could be in the locker room after this game to congratulate Coach Ferentz on becoming the all-time winningest coach at Iowa! Congrats Coach! #HeDoesItTheRightWay
— Ed Hinkel (@EdHinkel) September 1, 2018
Coach Ferentz is the 🐐. Get that man a statue
— Pat Angerer (@PAngererUSA) September 1, 2018
It’s a great day to be an Iowa Hawkeye.
Ferentz has put together 5 different 10-plus win seasons and has gone a perfect 8-0 in Big Ten play twice during his time in Iowa City.