IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa has officially extended Kirk Ferentz’s contract through the 2025 season. The announcement was made Tuesday by the school’s Director of Athletics, Gary Barta.
“I’ve said it many times, I would like Kirk to retire as a Hawkeye, and this contract is a strong statement toward that commitment,” Barta said in a University of Iowa press release. “Kirk’s dedication to the football program and the University of Iowa has brought national attention and recognition to the Hawkeyes for nearly 20 years.”
The four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year will now receive an annual base salary of $4.5 million to lead the Hawkeye program for many years to come. Ferentz’s previous contract was extended through the 2020 season back in 2009.
“I am pleased and proud to continue as head coach of the University of Iowa football team through 2026. It is a tremendous privilege and responsibility to lead the Iowa football program,” Ferentz said in the press release. “I am extraordinarily proud of our program, our players, and our supportive fans. I appreciate the trust and confidence demonstrated by Athletic Director Gary Barta and President Bruce Harreld – and I look forward to continuing our winning tradition.”
Ferentz is now in his 18th season at the helm for the Hawkeyes, tying Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops for the longest tenured head coach in the nation. Both Ferentz and Stoops started their head coaching jobs at their respective schools way back in 1999.
“Iowa is home to me, my wife, Mary, and our five children,” Ferentz said. “We moved a lot during the early years of coaching, but once we arrived in Iowa City – this quickly became our home. We appreciate and value what it is to be an Iowan and an Iowa Hawkeye.”