Kirk Ferentz is beginning his 14th year as Iowa's head football coach. His tenure as Iowa's head football coach trails only Hayden Fry (20 years). Ferentz is the DEAN of Big Ten Conference football coaches. He is third in coaching longevity among BCS schools. Following the 2009 season Coach Ferentz was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time in the last eight years.
Under Ferentz, the Hawkeyes have put together the greatest run in school history. The Hawkeyes won 11 games in 2002 and 2009 and 10 games in 2003 and 2004. With a 7-5 record in 2005, Iowa posted a four year mark (2002-2005) of 38-12, the best in school history. And, Iowa's 25 Big Ten wins were the most ever by a Hawkeye team in a four year span. No other Big Ten team won more league games over that four-year period.
Ferentz has won 23 of its last 28 games in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes are 55-12(.821) at home since the start of 2002 season. That mark includes a school-record 22-game winning streak (2002- 05). Iowa sold out 36 straight homes games during that time and has sold out 56 of its last 58 games.
And while Ferentz has guided the Iowa program to great success on the field, the Hawkeyes have also made their mark in the classroom. In the most recent release on academic standings (October 2011), Iowa's football team compiles a Graduation Success Rate(GSR) of 83, best in the programs history and 14 points above the national average.
Kirk and Mary have five children. They are Brian (28), Kelly (26), Joanne (24), James (22) and Steven (17).