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John Hayden Fry (February 28, 1929 – December 17, 2019) was an American football player and coach. He was the head football coach at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) from 1962 to 1972. He was later the football coach at the University of Iowa from 1979 to 1998.[1] He had a career college football record of 232-178-10. Fry also played college football at Baylor University.

Fry was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.[2]

Fry was born in Eastland, Texas. He died on December 17, 2019 of prostate cancer in Dallas, Texas at the age of 90.[3]


  1. "Hayden Fry". Retrieved March 27, 2019. 
  2. "Biography of Hayden Fry". Biographies. Retrieved March 27, 2019. 
  3. "Iowa great, Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry dies at 90". ESPN. December 17, 2019. Retrieved December 17, 2019.