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Aug. 8, 2005

'Hawkeye Heroes' To Appear At UI State Fair Booth

Some 17 "Hawkeye Heroes" will appear in the University of Iowa exhibit at the 2005 Iowa State Fair Aug. 11-21.  University of Iowa sports fans will be able to meet these standout athletes, broadcasters and coaches, get their autographs, and recall some special moments in Iowa sports history.

Fairgoers will meet two Iowa wrestling legends: former UI wrestling coach Dan Gable will visit the UI booth Aug. 19; current wrestling coach Jim Zalesky will appear Aug. 12. Also, UI baseball coach Jack Dahm will visit the UI booth Aug. 18.

"Hawkeye Heroes" include:

Ryan Hogan (3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11) A basketball guard, Ryan transferred to Iowa from the University of Kentucky after his sophomore year. Ryan played at the Univerity of Iowa for the 2000-2002 seasons.

Mark Ironside (4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11) Ironside was a Big Ten wrestling champ and an All-American from 1995-98. He was Big Ten Wrestler of the year 1996-98 and was named the Outstanding Wrestler at Big Ten Championships in 1997. Mark was the NCAA champion at 134 pounds in 1997-98.

Jim Zalesky (1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12) Zalesky (left), head wrestling coach at Iowa, was a four time All-American wrestler from 1981-1984; he won national titles his last three years at 158 pounds. He was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 1984 NCAA Meet, and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in June 2005, Iowa wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994, UI's Hall of Fame and the Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002. As the UI coach, he was named National Wrestling Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999; 1999 W.I.N. National Coach of the Year; and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2004.

Steve Krafcisin (3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12) Krafcisin played basketball for the Hawkeyes from 1978-1981. He was second on the Iowa men's basketball team as a senior with 15 blocked shots. He played in every game as a senior and led the team in free throws, free throws attempted and rebounds as a senior. He was also third in scoring as a senior.

Gary Dolphin (1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13) Dolphin is the current "Voice of the Hawkeyes," doing radio broadcasts for both Iowa football and men's basketball.

Bobby Hansen (1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13) Hansen (right) played Hawkeye basketball from 1978-1981 and was on the last Iowa Final Four team as well as a player with the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls. He is currently an analyst for Hawkeye basketball broadcasts.

Bob Brooks (2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug 14) Brooks is a long-time broadcaster who did play-by-play coverage of Hawkeye football and basketball for 55 years. Brooks began his career at WSUI and worked at KCRG and KHAK before assuming his current post at KMRY. Brooks was the recipient of the 2002 Chris Schenkel Award, which is presented annually by the National Football Foundation and College Hall  of Fame, Inc.

Mark Gannon (2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15) Gannon was a basketball letterman at the UI from 1980 to 1983 and played in all 31 games as a senior. He helped the team get to the Sweet Sixteen in 1983, and he was the 166th pick in the 1983 draft to San Diego.

James Winters (2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16) Hawkeye basketball star James Winters toured with the Big Ten All-Stars through Europe for an eight-game exhibition in the summer of 1993. He was named second team all-conference as a senior and named team MVP as a senior.

Kevin Boyle (12 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18) Boyle played basketball at the UI from 1979 to 1982. He started every game as a freshman and was part of the 1980 Final Four Team. In 1981, Kevin was on the First Team All Big Ten Team. In 1982, he was named MVP of the Hawkeye team.

Jack Dahm (3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18) Dahm (right) was named head coach of the UI baseball team in 2003. In his second season as the coach of the Hawkeyes, they finished third in the Big Ten in 2005 with a record of 19-13 and an overall record of 29-28. 

Dan Gable (12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19) Gable (left) coached Iowa from 1977-97, winning 15 NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten Championships. In his tenure, he had 45 individual NCAA champions and 106 Big Ten individual champions. Gable finished at the UI with a Big Ten record of 131-2-1. He was given the Distinguished Service Award in 1997, was an honorary letter winner in 1999 and was inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.

Brian Mitchell (12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19) He played baseball at the UI from 1996-1999 and was an All Big Ten infielder. At Iowa, Brian became the Hawkeyes' all-time home run record holder and was an All-American. After playing baseball at Iowa, Brian went on to play baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Amy Herrig Tanny (Noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 20) Herring (right), who played women's basketball at Iowa from 1995 to 1999, was on three Big Ten Championship teams, earning First Team All-Big Ten her senior year. She was drafted into the WNBA and played with the Sacramento Monarchs and San Antonio Silver Stars.

Mike Haight (2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20) Mike was an offensive lineman at Iowa from 1982-1985. In 1985, Mike was on the First Team All Big Ten, and also won the Big Ten Lineman of the Year Award. He was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft and went to the New York Jets as the 22nd pick.

James Moses (2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21) Moses played basketball at the University of Iowa from 1989-1992. He was named MVP of the Hawkeye team in 1991.

Jim Zabel will appear at the UI booth various times during the State Fair. Zabel is a long time Iowa broadcaster who replaced Ronald Reagan at WHO in Des Moines and went on to call Iowa sporting events for more than 50 years.

Herky will visit the UI booth several times during the fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11; Saturday, Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the dance team and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the cheerleaders.

Visitors will also be able to view several athletic trophies in the UI state fair exhibit, such as Floyd of Rosedale (a bronze trophy that goes to the winner of the annual football game between the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota), the Capital One trophy and the Cy-Hawk trophy (given to the winner of the Iowa/Iowa State game). Visitors also can get free Hawkeye temporary tattoos and posters and may enter daily drawings for dozens of great prizes, including autographed sports merchandise and Big 10 football tickets.

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