Hayden Fry

Legendary coach Hayden Fry spent 37 years as a head coach at Southern Methodist, North Texas and Iowa, compiling a record of 232-178-10, giving him the tenth-most wins in college football history at the time of his retirement in 1998.

Fry played collegiately at Baylor and took his first college head coaching job at Southern Methodist in 1962. Perhaps his most significant and lasting impact was his recruitment of Jerry LeVias in 1965, making LeVias the first African-American scholarship athlete in the Southwest Conference. The following year, Fry led the Mustangs to their first Southwest Conference title since 1948. Fry moved up I-35 to North Texas in 1973, where he took over a program on the brink of being abandoned and won a share of the Missouri Valley Conference championship in his first season.

Fry is best known in coaching circles for his success at Iowa, where he coached from 1979-98 and led the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

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