Kirk Ferentz’s Coaching Tier Ranked by The Athletic

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Coach Kirk Ferentz’s Legacy with the Iowa Hawkeyes

As Iowa Hawkeyes and college football fans can attest, Kirk Ferentz is a coach with a rich legacy. As he prepares to helm his 25th season with the Hawkeyes, he’s built a reputation as not only a long-serving coach but a highly successful one.

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College Football Coaching Tiers

Ferentz is esteemed nationally, earning a high ranking with The Athletic’s 2023 college football coaching tiers. And while Alabama‘s Nick Saban leads Tier 1A, Ferentz proudly takes his place in Tier 3.

Competitive Coaching Ranks

In these coaching tiers, Ferentz shares company with coaches from Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin in Tier 2. He also shares Tier 3 with coaches from Penn State and Nebraska.

Kirk Ferentz’s Achievements

Ferentz boasts an impressive record as the longest-tenured head coach, leading the Hawkeyes to 186 overall wins and 115 Big Ten wins. These accomplishments rank him among the top Big Ten coaches for league wins and overall victories.

Iowa Hawkeyes’ Success under Ferentz

Ferentz has guided the Hawkeyes to victory in the Big Ten championships in 2002 and 2004 and the West division in 2015 and 2021. He’s also earned honors as the Big Ten Coach of the Year multiple times, and his team has received 20 bowl invites under his tenure.

Ferentz’s NFL Development

Beyond team successes, Ferentz has a knack for nurturing talent. Many of his players have gone on to become NFL stars, highlighting his successful NFL development.

Looking Ahead

The Hawkeyes and Ferentz open the season against Utah State on Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. on FS1 inside Kinnick Stadium.

Ferentz’s Contact Information

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