Governor Reynolds orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Iowa Coach Hayden Fry

Wed 12-18-2019 Des Moines,IA

(Des Moines)-On Wednesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday, December 20, in honor and remembrance of University of Iowa Football Coach Hayden Fry.

“Hayden Fry was an Iowa coaching legend who left it all on the field in every game, practice, and in all aspects of his life,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Born a Texan, he quickly earned his place among the greatest Iowans, by carrying Hawkeye football to new heights and connecting with our state on a level only few have. During the depths of the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, he popularized the ‘America Needs Farmers’ movement, showing farmers and rural America that he stood by them. Iowans always stood with Hayden Fry, and now they will honor his legacy and always remember him as a model for how coaches should be.”

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time.

Legendary former Iowa football coach Hayden Fry died Tuesday at the age of 90. Fry's family released a statement saying that Fry died with his family at his side following a lengthy battle with cancer. Hayden Fry often said, “I’ll Always Be a Hawkeye.” Fry was announced as Iowa's new coach in December of 1978 and took over a team that had not had a winning season in 17 years. He turned the Hawkeye program around and made it into a Big Ten Conference and national contender. Fry won 143 football games in 20 seasons, retiring in 1998 while fighting cancer.