University of Iowa Names Beth Goetz as Permanent Athletics Director, Ensuring Stability and Success

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa has announced that Beth Goetz will be its permanent athletics director. Goetz had been serving as the interim athletics director since August 1, following the retirement of Gary Barta. The university conducted a national search and determined that Goetz was the best candidate for the position.

UI President Barbara Wilson praised Goetz, calling her a talented and dynamic leader. Wilson expressed confidence that Goetz would lead the athletics department and student-athletes to new levels of achievement both on and off the field. Goetz signed a five-year contract and will earn a base salary of $850,000, along with additional performance incentives and deferred compensation. She will also receive either two university-provided vehicles or a car allowance of $1,500 per month.

Goetz will oversee a department that sponsors 22 intercollegiate sports and has over 600 student-athletes. The department is projected to bring in about $140.3 million in income this fiscal year. She joined the University of Iowa in September 2022 as the deputy athletics director and assumed the interim role 11 months later. Goetz has received high praise during her time as interim athletics director, with coaches and colleagues commending her leadership skills.

Head football coach Kirk Ferentz expressed his satisfaction with Goetz’s appointment, stating that she has a respectful vision for the athletics programs while embracing the changing college sports landscape. Men’s wrestling coach Tom Brands said that Goetz is the best choice to lead the department, describing her as someone who prioritizes the right things. Goetz has also received compliments from her colleagues from previous jobs, including Boston Celtics team president Brad Stevens.

Goetz is the first woman to serve as athletics director at the University of Iowa since Christine Grant’s tenure from 1973 to 2000. She is also currently the only woman serving as an athletics director in the Big Ten conference. The announcement of Goetz’s permanent appointment concludes a search process that began late last year. The university hired TurnkeyZRG to conduct the search and established a 10-person committee. The search produced an impressive group of candidates, according to committee chair Nicole Grosland.

The University of Iowa is a renowned institution with a commitment to athletics excellence. Goetz expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to lead the university’s sports program and her confidence in her leadership abilities. Her promotion is effective immediately but still requires approval from the Iowa Board of Regents.