John Hayden Fry was a Hall of Fame football coach – a renowned icon in football. He was referred to as the legend of the fall1 he both played and coached football during his lifetime. He played at Baylor University for 4 years and became part of the College Football Hall of Fame as coach in 2003. Fry was called “crazy legs” because of his playing style in school. He served as the head coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU) for 10 years, University of North Texas for 5 years and University of Iowa for 20 seasons. Fry ultimately changed Iowa football once and forever!
Hayden Fry Ethnicity, Family History
Hayden Fry was white by race and American by ethnicity. His root was traced to one of the first families in Texas. His great grandfather was one of those who fought for independence in the Texas war at the battle of Jacinto. Fry’s father was John Hayden Fry Sr. and his mother was Cora Hodge. His family relocated to Odessa when he was in grade 3 and at age 8. The 2 parents are late already. Fry’s father died of heart attack when Fry was 14 years old. Fry would work during the summers at oil fields while his mother worked at a movie theater. Fry appear to have just 1 sibling, an older sister, Margaret Fry Roberts. She died prior to Fry’s death.
Hayden Fry Bio: Age, Early Life, Education
John Hayden Fry was born on the 28th of February, 1929. He was born in Eastland, Texas. He attended Odessa High School and played football.
Hayden Fry Achievements Before Death
He won the All-States honors and led his team to the Texas State High School Championships in the year 1946. He played football from 1947 – 1950 at the Baylor University he attended. In 1951, Fry finished with a degree in psychology. Fry played the quarterback position.
Hayden Fry was privileged to play in these championships: The Southwest Conference (SWC) in 1966, the Missouri Valley Conference (also known as The Valley or MVC) in 1973 and the Big Ten Conference (B1G) in 1981, 1985 and 1990. He won the Sporting News College Football COY Award in 1981 and the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 2005.
Hayden Fry Suffering From Cancer
Fry began to fight cancer in the 1990s but lost it to death on the 17th of December, 2019. He was almost 91 years old at death. He died of prostate cancer.
Hayden Fry Career Details
In is career journey, Fry started out as a history teacher and an assistant coach at a time – he taught history and assisted the coach at Odessa High School. He served there for m1 year. He joined the U.S. Marines (USMC) and served from 1952 – 1955. He played football while at the USMC and won the Marine Corps Championship. He was also privileged to coach a team of 6 members in the Marines. He was discharged from the Marines with the rank of a captain.
Frank went back to Odessa to resume his teaching and assistant coaching jobs in 1955 and he later became the head coach at age 26. He kept serving in the school until 1958. At the end of the 1958 season, Fry was hired as an assistant coach at Baylor and served there for 2 years. Other places Fry worked included Arkansas, Southern Methodist University (SMU) University of North Texas and University of Iowa.
The University of Iowa hired Fry in 1978 as the head of coach. Frank immediately started reshaping the Iowa Hawkeyes team by new traditions. For instance, when the team would have moral victories and close losses, Fry would not celebrate them. With is persistent efforts, the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 1960 in 1985.
Fry won the Southwest Conference (SWC) Coach of the Year Award in 1963, the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Coach of the Year Award in 1973 and the Big Ten Coach of the Year Awards in 1981, 1990 and 1991.
Hayden Fry Married Life
Fry met his first wife, HueLeita Zachary at Baylor and married her, the two had 5 children; 4 sons and 1 daughter. The sons Randy, Zach, Kelly and Adrian Fry. The daughter Robin Fry. Unfortunately, Hayden Fry and HueLeita Zachary’s marriage ended in 1979 – the two divorced. That same year, Fry married Shirley Griffin who bore him 2 children, son Bryan Griffin and daughter Jayme Griffin. Hayden Fry was also survived by 4 grandchildren, Jordan, Lauren Fry, Haley Fry and Kelli Roan. He likewise had 1 great granddaughter, Malaya Fry. 3 of Fry’s sons, Randy, Zach and Kelly also played football for their father at North Texas.
Hayden Fry Salary And Net Worth
Hayden Fry’s salary is not known, but his net worth in 2018, according to trendcelebsnow.com ranged between $100,000 – $1,000,000. In 2019, his net worth was approximated to range from $1,000,000 – $5,000,000.