Student-Athlete Development

University of Iowa Student-Athlete Academic Services is dedicated to developing student-athletes as well-rounded individuals. We believe student-athletes should have a wide variety of experiences of college life: academically, athletically, socially, & personally. Programs offered through SAAS, athletics, and campus strive to challenge students to take an active role in their personal & professional development.

Hawkeye Life Program

The Hawkeye Life program is an all-encompassing life skills and leadership development model which seeks to enhance the student-athlete experience at The University of Iowa. Hawkeye Life offers student-athletes educational opportunities beyond their athletic and academic responsibilities. The goal is to encourage student-athletes to get involved, to be good citizens, and to take an active role in their personal and professional development.

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Kevin Docherty


Corey Burns


Lindsay Herra

Co-Vice Chair

Nicholas Baer

Co-Vice Chair

Jake Brodarzon

Marketing Chair

JoElla Guagliardo

Service Chair

Sarah Kurtz

Life Skills Chair

Morgan Rafferty

Social Chair

Jon Wisnieski


Nikki Youd


Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee

The Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee (ISAAC) was established in the spring of 2001, combining the previous men's and women's advisory committees. The committee is comprised of two members from each team. The purposes of ISAAC are to represent the diverse interests of student athletes to the administration; to promote community among all UI student athletes; to foster commitment to service; and to represent the UI athletics program at UI, Big Ten and national levels. Members of ISAAC develop their leadership and citizenship skills by actively participating in departmental educational programs and special events. There are six executive chairs in addition to Chair & Vice Chair including; Secretary, Life Skills, Social, Service, Marketing and Treasurer.

Members of ISAAC develop their leadership and citizenship skills by actively participating in departmental educational programs and special events.

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Awards, Events, & Recognition


COSIDA Academic All American

Presented by College Sports Information Directors of America, the program selects an honorary sports team composed of the most outstanding student-athletes of a specific season.

Big 10 Distinguished Scholar

Presented to student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. Student-athletes must be in at least their second academic year at their institution.

Academic All Big 10

Similar to the Big 10 Distinguished Scholar, this award is presented to student-athletes who are in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, to be eligible for this award student-athletes need to carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Big 10 Medal of Honor

One of the most prestigious conference awards in college athletics, the Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who "had attained the greatest proficiency and scholastic work."

Big 10 Sportsmanship Award

Awarded to two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners are selected from each institution. Honorees for this award must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Athlete of the Month

Voted on by their peers, this honor recognizes student-athletes who have excelled in their sport and in the classroom. Awarded to one female and one male student-athlete each month for the academic year.


Student-Athlete Kickoff

Each fall, all student-athletes, coaches, and staff are invited to a celebration to kickoff the year in athletics. The event offers a featured speaker/topic with a cookout to follow.

Golden Herky Awards

The Golden Herky Awards Show is a celebratory event for all student athletes, coaches, and athletics staff. Awards include Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Outstanding Post Season Performance, Best Upset, Male and Female Most Outstanding Team, Record Breaking Performance, Male and Female Hawkeye of the Year, and many more!

Senior Recognition Ceremony

A ceremony held every May before graduation to recognize the accomplishments of graduating senior student-athletes. At this event, attended by parents and athletic department staff, senior letter winners will receive the prestigious I-Ring.

Polk County Senior Recognition Dinner

The Polk County I-Club Sr. Recognition Dinner has been held every year since 1978 in Des Moines, Iowa. This historic event acts as a networking opportunity for senior student-athletes and local businesses that are interested further supporting the careers of the graduating Iowa Hawkeyes.

PCA Academic Awards

The Presidential Committee on Athletics sponsors this event to recognize Hawkeye letter winners who have achieved a 3.0 Fall and Spring GPA. These athletes will then receive a medal based on the number of times they have received this award, and they will be recognized at half time of a home sporting event.