Hawkeye football podcast extra: An interview with Mary Ferentz

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

On Thursday afternoon, Mary Ferentz — wife of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz — sat down with the Register's Chad Leistikow to discuss the upcoming Iowa Ladies Football Academy ... and much more.

The annual women-only event, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at Hawkeye football, is entering its eighth year, with all donations going straight to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

In this photo from 2016, then-Iowa linebacker Bo Bower engages with some of the more than 400 ladies who participated in that summer's Iowa Ladies Football Academy.

So, of course, we spent quite a bit of time talking about that great event, which will top the $2 million mark in donations this summer.

But beyond the stories surrounding this annual day with the Hawkeye football coaches and players, Mary Ferentz talked about her marriage with Kirk (now approaching 40 years) — from their early days to (let's say) an "amusing" recent trip together to Dyersville. 

We also talked about Kirk and Mary's social life (do they have one?), what it's like having a husband and son (Brian) in highly criticized coaching positions and much more.

Take a listen, and and enjoy.

But before you do, here are the details of the event ...

When: Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa Football Performance Center and Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City

Registration: A minimum $500 donation to the UI Children's Hospital is required, plus a $50 registration fee. For more information, visit IowaLadiesFootballAcademy.com.