An Iowa City street near Kinnick Stadium will be renamed in honor of legendary former football coach Forest Evashevski.
Stadium Drive, a street near the northeast corner of Kinnick Stadium that bends around the north and west stands, will be renamed Evashevski Drive in honor of the former head coach. The street will be dedicated on September 3, 2010 during the annual Fry Fest celebration.
Evashevski became the Iowa football coach in 1952 for a team that had not won a league championship since the 1920s. He revitalized the football program at Iowa and coached the Hawkeyes to victories in the 1957 and ’59 Rose Bowl games.
Evashevski had a record of 52-27-4 at Iowa, and his teams won the 1956 and ’58 Big Ten titles and tied Minnesota for the 1960 championship. He coached all-Americans Cal Jones, Alex Karras and Randy Duncan.
He was a great coach, but also a tough coach, that felt football was a game that should be played by two teams of 11 men with the objective being to win.
"Winning is important because it's the only criterion we have for measuring anything," he told Sports Illustrated during an interview in 1957.
After coaching, he went on to become the university’s athletic director from 1960 to 1970. In 2000, Evashevski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Evashevski died last October during the 2009 season at the age of 91, but his memory will live on near the streets of Kinnick Stadium.