University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame

University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame

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https://www.hawkcentral.com/story/sports/college/iowa/hawkcentral/2018/04/18/university-football-iowa-live-mascot-burch-bear/499146002/ Burch the Bear back in the news! One of my favorite early Iowa football stories. 🐻 🏈

Due to COVID-19 the UI Athletics Hall of Fame is currently closed. The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame is the ultimate fantasy for a Hawkeye fan.

The UI Athletics Hall of Fame has three floors of Hawkeye memories; from the National Championship trophies to the Orange Bowl to Nile Kinnick's Heisman trophy. The UI Athletics Hall of Fame is a must see destination for friends and fans of the intercollegiate athletic programs at the University of Iowa. Make a day of it and visit the UI Athletics Hall of Fame the next time you visit The University of Iowa!

Operating as usual

09/08/2021

Good afternoon Hawkeyes fans! The Athletics Hall of Fame fall hours have changed. Our new fall hours of operation are
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: closed
*The Hall of Fame will be open on Sundays 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. during home football game weekends*

Go Hawks!

Good afternoon Hawkeyes fans! The Athletics Hall of Fame fall hours have changed. Our new fall hours of operation are
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: closed
*The Hall of Fame will be open on Sundays 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. during home football game weekends*

Go Hawks!

07/08/2021

We are so excited to announce Hannah Sieperda as the new Assistant Director of Trademark Licensing/Hall of Fame!

Hannah has been working as an intern for Trademark Licensing/Hall of Fame since February of 2018. Hannah recently graduated with a double major in English and Sport & Recreation Management. A well deserved congratulations to Hannah! 🎉

We are so excited to announce Hannah Sieperda as the new Assistant Director of Trademark Licensing/Hall of Fame!

Hannah has been working as an intern for Trademark Licensing/Hall of Fame since February of 2018. Hannah recently graduated with a double major in English and Sport & Recreation Management. A well deserved congratulations to Hannah! 🎉

07/06/2021

Check out the 2021 Hall of Fame Class!

Introducing our 2021 Hall of Fame Class...

Dan Bachman, Men’s Gymnastics (1982-86)
Kari Hamel, Volleyball (1985-89)
Kristi Hanks, Softball (1999-2002)
Frank “Kinney” Holbrook, Football (1895-97)
Kristen Holmes, Field Hockey (1992-96)
Roy Marble, Jr., Men’s Basketball (1986-89)
Fred Mims, Administration
Diane Nukuri, Track & Field/Cross Country (2006-08)
Brad Penrith, Wrestling (1984-88)
Ed Podolak, Football (1966-68)

Complete Release: https://bit.ly/3wm8NQb

Photos from University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame's post 07/06/2021

🎉We are officially OPEN!🎉

Come and check out your favorite Hawkeyes!

Please note our new hours of operations:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

10/27/2020

University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center

Upcoming Blood Drives:
Tuesday, October 27, University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame, 11 am - 4 pm
Wednesday, October 28, University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame, 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday, October 29, University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame, 10 am - 3 pm

Appointments are strongly encouraged in order to keep a steady flow and adequate space between donors. To sign up to donate, including for day of appointments, please visit www.uidegowinbloodcenter.org or call 319-356-2058.

All blood collected by the UI DeGowin Blood Center is used locally for patients at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

01/21/2020

Even the youngest of Hawkeye fans love our Athletics Hall of Fame🐥

12/18/2019

Yesterday Hawkeye Nation lost our legendary coach Hayden Fry. The Tigerhawk which he brought us shed a tear today

12/10/2019

Holiday Bowl, here we come. 🐥☀️

11/28/2019
09/24/2019

#TodayinHawkeyeHistory in 2008, the Iowa Softball team started off their fall season 3-0, with wins over Drake, University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University. The three wins earned them the All Iowa Classic title. To read more about Head Coach Gayle Blevins thoughts and the star players from the tournament, click the link below.

https://hawkeyesports.com/news/2008/9/24/Hawkeyes_Start_Fall_Season_3_0.aspx?path=softball

hawkeyesports.com 08/29/2019

Hall of Fame Spotlight: Tangela Smith - University of Iowa Athletics

Our final inductee is Tangela Smith.

Smith had modeling on her mind when a junior high basketball coach suggested she try out for the team. She put the runway aside, and started to focus on basketball. In 1998, she would end her Iowa basketball career with 1,598 points scored, 859 rebounds, and 235 blocked shots.

After 18 home visits from a variety of coaches wanting to sign her, Smith ultimately decided on Iowa because of her love for Coach Vivian Stringer.

In the 1997-1998 season, she was named Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player and averaged 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.

In the 1998 WNBA draft, she was the 12th pick by the Sacramento Monarchs. In 15 seasons in the WNBA, she had an average of 10.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 463 games, along with two WNBA championships with the Phoenix Mercury. Tangela is now an assistant basketball coach for Northwestern.

Want to read more on Tangela Smith and her time at Iowa? Click the link below to read the article by Hawkeye Sports.

hawkeyesports.com People notice when a 6-foot-1 seventh grade girl walks the halls of her school. Especially if one of those people is a basketball coach. Tangela Smith was 12-years-old when a junior high basketball coach invited her to try out for the team. At the time, all Smith wanted to be was a model.

hawkeyesports.com 08/28/2019

Hall of Fame Spotlight: LeRoy Smith - University of Iowa Athletics

Our sixth inductee is LeRoy Smith.

When LeRoy was first recruited by Iowa, he was a top-100 running back. However, when he started here, Coach Fry wanted him to be a defensive back. He never doubted this new suggestion, he trusted his coaches, and he "became a student of the game." He just simply wanted to play.

His first season as a defensive end, he played all 13 games, and even started in the final two of them. He capped off the season with 45 stops. Smith displayed amazing leadership that led the 1990 team to a Big Ten Championship and later a berth in the Rose Bowl.

Smith set an Iowa and Big Ten record with 18 sacks and had 77 tackles to earn All-American honors. His outstanding season earned him the title of Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

LeRoy's talent in football brought him to the NFL and allowed him to play for the 49ers, Browns, Lions, Chiefs, and Packers before ending his football career with the World League Rhein in 1994.

If you want to read more about LeRoy Smith and his experience at Iowa, please click the Hawkeye Sports article below.

hawkeyesports.com IOWA CITY, Iowa -- When University of Iowa football coaches approached LeRoy Smith to move from offense to defense, Smith knew the time was right.

hawkeyesports.com 08/27/2019

Hall of Fame Spotlight: Diane Pohl - University of Iowa Athletics

Our fifth inductee is Diane Pohl.

Diane Pohl was an incredible softball catcher, and was not interested in Iowa when she first started her college search. However, head coach Gayle Blevins' persistence led her to an official visit on campus and eventually led her to fall in love with Iowa.

Pohl played for the Hawkeyes from 1989-1992. Her first season, she started third in the batting lineup but was quickly moved to leadoff hitter, where she remained the rest of her career. During her first season, she hit .354 and set program records for hits (83), runs (41), and stolen bases (26).

While being the team's co-Most Valuable Player, Diane was Iowa's first National Softball Coaches Association All-American selection. In 1991, after hitting .346 with 38 steals and leading the Big Ten in seven categories, she was selected for her second All-American.

During her career at Iowa, she won two Big Ten Championships, and made two NCAA Regional appearances. She left the university holding 8 school records and the Big Ten Conference record for stolen bases. She also earned the title of Iowa's Athlete of the Year twice and was a member on the Big Ten All-Decade team.

To read more about Diane Pohl and learn about her Iowa and Hawkeye experience, click the Hawkeye Sports article below. #OnIowa #GoHawks

hawkeyesports.com Eric Juergens described himself as a typical Midwestern kid growing up in Maquoketa, Iowa. A typical Midwestern kid doesn't win all 144 of their high school wrestling matches, attend the most notorious wrestling university in the land and then add two individual national championships and two other....

08/26/2019

Hall of Fame Spotlight: Marc Long - University of Iowa Athletics

Our fourth inductee is Marc Long.

Marc transferred to Iowa in 1987 from the University of Northern Iowa. He said after he won his first Midwest Independent League Championships, he knew he had to move on, and that he was always a Hawkeye at heart. After moving to Iowa City, he discovered a world of international swimming, resources at his fingers, and "a culture of winning."

During his three-year career at Iowa, he was a six-time All-American, a three-time Big Ten champion, a two-time All-Big Ten selection, and a U.S. National Champion. He was Iowa's first Big Ten 100 fly champion and All-American in 1988. That same year, he also swam the second fastest time in Big Ten history. In 1989, he was a part of the NCAA and Big Ten record for the 200-yard freestyle relay.

After college, Long did work outside of swimming, but four years later he swam back to the sport as a club head coach in Chicago. He eventually returned to Iowa City to coach the Iowa City Swim Club and was later brought on as an assistant coach at Iowa. Marc is now The University of Iowa's swimming and diving coach and has had the position for the women's team since 2004 and 2006 for the men after the programs combined.

To read more about Long's career, click on the Hawkeye Sports article below.

hawkeyesports.com Eric Juergens described himself as a typical Midwestern kid growing up in Maquoketa, Iowa. A typical Midwestern kid doesn't win all 144 of their high school wrestling matches, attend the most notorious wrestling university in the land and then add two individual national championships and two other....

08/25/2019

Hall of Fame Spotlight: Eric Juergens - University of Iowa Athletics

Our third inductee is Eric Juergens.

Eric wrestled for The University of Iowa from 1996-2001, using his red shirt 1996-1997. When picking a college, Juergens knew he wanted to attend a school that was not only close to home, but was going to help him excel in his academic and wrestling careers.

He started the first two seasons of his college career placing third at the Big Ten tournament as well as the NCAA Championships.

Throughout his time at Iowa, he earned two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles, two All-American honors. He had an outstanding record of 120-13 and 23 falls. Juergens won 65 of his final 66 matches, and finished on a 28-match winning streak. Eric did not only have personal success in his wrestling career. He earned Iowa three NCAA championships and two Big Ten Titles.

If you want to read more about Eric and the lessons wrestling taught him in the sport and in life, click the Hawkeye Sports link below. #OnIowa #GoHawks

hawkeyesports.com Eric Juergens described himself as a typical Midwestern kid growing up in Maquoketa, Iowa. A typical Midwestern kid doesn't win all 144 of their high school wrestling matches, attend the most notorious wrestling university in the land and then add two individual national championships and two other....

08/24/2019

Hall of Fame Spotlight: Deb Brickey - University of Iowa Athletics

In honor of our field hockey playing at home for the first time this season today against Northwestern, our second inductee is Deb Brickey

Deb was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and two-time All-American. While she played at Iowa, she was a two-time team captain and led her team to three Big Ten titles and a 2nd place NCAA finish.

Brickey continued her field hockey career after graduating from Iowa. She earned a position on the United States National Field Hockey team from 1988-1990, and was an alternate on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team. After her national success, she coached at the Division 1 level for more than a decade.

If you want to read more on Deb Brickey and her field hockey career, click the link below to the Hawkeye Sports article.

hawkeyesports.com IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Deb Brickey was a freshman in high school when some of her friends took up field hockey.

hawkeyesports.com 08/23/2019

Hall of Fame Spotlight: Jeremy Allen - University of Iowa Athletics

Our Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is in one week! To honor this years inductees, and to get you excited about the ceremony, we're counting down the days and sharing the stories of our inductees!

Our first inductee is Jeremy Allen. Jeremy was recruited by Iowa to be a thrower for track and field, but knew wherever he went he wanted to play football as well. After the first week of football practice, Hayden Fry offered him a full football scholarship. From that point on, he was a two-sport athlete, a truly remarkable thing in college, especially as a D1 athlete.

In 1998, he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year for indoor and outdoor, the first in conference history to do so. He still holds the school's record in the outdoor shot put (63 feet, 2 3/4 inches). A standout athletic moment for Allen was during the Big Ten indoor shot put title in 2000, when he tossed a 61 feet, 4 and 1/4 inches on his final attempt. His toss surpassed 7 foot, 330 lbs. Anders Holmstrom from Wisconsin.

Allen also shined in football. As a fullback from 1998-2001, he carried the ball 99 times for 438 yards and four touchdowns. Additionally, he caught 36 passes for 386 yards and four scores.

If you want to read more on Jeremy Allen and his quotes on his experience as an Iowa athlete, click on the link to Hawkeye Sports below! #OnIowa #GoHawks

hawkeyesports.com When Larry Wieczroek was named head men's track and field coach at the University of Iowa in 1998, his first order of business was signing a thrower he could build the program around.

08/20/2019

The Hall of Fame is starting a new segment called "Today in Hawkeye History!" Let us know what you think of this new addition and if you'd like to see more of it!

August 20, 2008: University of Iowa diver alum Nancilea Foster places eighth in the women's three-meter springboard diving event at the Beijing Olympic Games, scoring 316.7 points.

Want to read more? Go to https://hawkeyesports.com/news/2008/8/20/Foster_Places_Eighth_at_Olympic_Games.aspx?path=swim

07/29/2019

Excited to have the Bridgewater Men’s Club here at The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame and Museum! 🐥🏆

Men of Iowa City/Coralville, we would love for you to join us for the next gathering of our Bridgewater Men's Club! This event takes place next Tuesday, July 30th, at University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame. Please call or email Grand Living at Bridgewater for more information or to RSVP! 319.930.3000 / [email protected]

#GrandLiving #seniorliving #assistedliving #memorycare #independentliving #retirementcommunity #Coralville #IowaCity #Bridgewater

06/29/2019

Thank you Tippie Gateway for hosting your event at The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame & Museum.🐥

Day 7: Group photo of our 2019 Gateway Cohort and amazing peer mentors

#Gatewayforlife

06/28/2019

thanks for stopping by🐥 #gohawks

The word is fight, fight, fight for Iowa! 🐤 @ University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame

06/11/2019

Tangela Smith — Basketball 🏀

Tangela was basketball Big Ten Player of the Year in 1998. She is a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning first-team honors in 1996 and 1998, and honorable mention in 1997. She was a WBCA District/Region All-American as a senior in 1998, and ranks in the program’s all-time top 10 in rebounding (7th, 859) and scoring (10th, 1,598).

06/11/2019

Leroy Smith — Football 🏈

Leroy earned consensus first-team All-American honors as a member of the Iowa football team in 1991. That same year, he was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Big Ten, and Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. He recorded 18 sacks in 1991, setting a school and Big Ten record. He had a school record five sacks in Iowa’s 16-9 win at Ohio State, and was named to the Gannett News All-Time Iowa Football Team.

06/11/2019

Diane Pohl — Softball 🥎

Diane was an All-American catcher for Iowa softball in 1990 and 1991. She was named NCAA All-Region and first team All-Big Ten three straight years from 1990-92. She is a member of the 1990’s Big Ten All-Decade team, and was named University of Iowa Athlete of the Year in 1990 and 1991.

06/11/2019

Marc Long — Swimming 🏊🏻‍♂️

Marc earned six All-American honors swimming for the Hawkeyes in 1988-89. He earned back-to-back honors in the 100-meter butterfly, and was a member of four All-American relays — 400-meter freestyle (1988), 200-meter freestyle (1989), 200-meter medley (1989), and 400-meter medley (1989). He won two Big Ten titles in the 100-meter butterfly (1988-89) and was a member of the championship 400-meter freestyle relay in 1988. He swam on the Big Ten and NCAA record-setting 200-meter freestyle relay in 1989. He has served as Iowa’s head swimming and diving coach since 2004.

06/11/2019

Eric Juergens — Wrestling 🤼‍♂️

Eric won back-to-back NCAA titles for the Iowa Wrestling team in 2000 and 2001. He was a four-time All-American, earning honors at 118 pounds in 1998 and 133 pounds from 1999-2001. He won the 133-pound Big Ten title in 2000 and 2001, and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year in 2001.

06/11/2019

Deb Brickey — Field Hockey 🏑

Deb was an All-American field hockey player from 1984-85 and holds the school record with 59 assists. She was named first-team All-Big Ten three straight years from 1983-85, and was named to the Big Ten All-Decade Team in the 1980’s. She competed at the United States Olympic Sports Festival for five years from 1985-90, and was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1989 and 1990.

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