The City of Riverdale is participating in a state-wide tribute to former Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry today following the legendary coach’s passing. Coach Fry was 90 years old.
Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff until sunset on Friday, December 20, 2019. According to a news release from Governor Reynolds’s office, 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.
“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.”
A video tribute to Coach Fry ran on the Big10 Network. You can watch a clip of the segment below: