The time has come and Kirk Ferentz has agreed to another contract extension at the University of Iowa. Ferentz's contract was beginning to lower in years remaining that made it an emphasis to complete a contract extension to avoid any rumors of retirement. Now, he'll likely retire after this one, though.
Ferentz has agreed to a six-year extension that will take him through the 2025 season in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes' head coach according to athletic director Gary Barta. It will also pay him $4.5 million annually.
"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. "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."
Kirk Ferentz did begin his 18th season as the Iowa head coach on Saturday when the Hawkeyes defeated Miami (Ohio) in Kinnick Stadium. He's also the only one of two head coaches in the FBS subdivision of college football that has been the head coach at the same institution since 1999. The other one being Bob Stoops at Oklahoma.
"I am pleased and proud to continue as head coach of the University of Iowa football team through (January) 2026," Ferentz released in a statement to the media. "It is a tremendous privilege and responsibility to lead the Iowa football program. 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."
"Iowa is home to me, my wife, Mary, and our five children," Ferentz continued. "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."
Ferentz has had a lot of success with the Hawkeye program including a couple Orange Bowl appearances and last year, a Rose Bowl. The academic track record of his players is another reason why he'll be in Iowa City for the long haul.
"Kirk is one of the top coaches in the country," athletic director Gary Barta concluded. "His commitment to winning, graduating student-athletes, and doing things the right way is unmatched by any program or coach. There is strong momentum surrounding the Hawkeye football program. Whether it's on the field, recruiting, academics, facilities, or with his staff, we're achieving at a high level today, and are well positioned for continued success for years to come."