Now in his 17th season, University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has been named the Dave McClain and Hayes-Schembechler Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Big Ten Conference, along with league offensive individual award winners and the all-conference offensive teams.
"I'm honored to be recognized in a conference that has outstanding coaches throughout the league. The success of our season is the result of a lot of hard work by our entire coaching staff and every member of our football program," said Ferentz. "The Big Ten Conference has forever featured outstanding football coaches; I have great respect for the head coaches in the Big Ten and appreciate their acknowledgement of our accomplishments. I share this recognition with our staff, our players, and our great fans. I am grateful to the University of Iowa for providing the necessary support for our success."
The Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year voted on by Big Ten head football coaches and is named in honor of former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes and former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. The Dave McClain Award is named in honor of Wisconsin's former head coach and is voted on by media representatives.
Ferentz previously earned Big Ten Coach of the Year accolades in 2002, 2004 and 2009, and becomes only the second mentor in Big Ten history to be honored in four or more seasons, joining Michigan's Bo Schembechler, who was honored in six different seasons.
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