The University of Iowa was founded 1847 and was the first such institution in the state. It did not take them long to start their sports department and within a few years Iowa had a football team. They played their first game in 1872 which was an unofficial contest and played their first official game in 1889.
Now the university has twenty four official varsity teams out of which eleven are for men and thirteen for women. They have dedicated stadiums and arenas for almost each sport and highly trained coaching staff to mentor the students. Iowa has won twenty six national championships till now to go with a whopping one hundred and five conference titles.
The Hawkeyes most successful varsity sport is their wrestling program. They are ranked second in the number of national championships won. They are one of the top wrestling programs in the country. The Hawkeyes have won twenty three national championships in wrestling over the years. They have also clinched thirty four conference titles and have produced several all-American wrestlers.
The Iowa football program has been quite successful over the years too. The university has fielded a football team for one hundred and sixteen years consecutively, playing over one thousand games to date. They are ranked among the top football programs in the country. To date they have lifted one National Championship and have also won thirteen conference titles. They have had one Heisman Trophy winner in their history, Nile Kinnick. Their football stadium, the Kinnick Stadium, is named after him.
The Hawkeyes basketball program can trace their roots to the year 1902. They have been crowned conference regular season champions on eight occasions and have won the conference tournament twice. They have also made it to the NCAA Tournament twenty two times over the course of their stellar history
The Iowa Hawkeyes have consistently been at the forefront of college sports played in the country. They have helped develop some amazing talent over the years and have been a benchmark for others to follow. They are all set and ready to scale new heights this time around and they will need the support of their fans to do that. Grab your Iowa Hawkeyes tickets and show your support for your favorite team at arenas and stadiums around the country.