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Scott Southmayd
Scott  Southmayd

Director of Player Personnel

Alma Mater:
Central College, 2002

Scott Southmayd is in his 14th season with the University of Iowa football program. He is in his second year as director of player personnel. Southmayd served as Iowa's quality control director for eight years (2006-13) and administrative assistant for four years (2002-05).

As Iowa's director of player personnel, Southmayd is involved in many facets of the football program; with the focus being on assisting with Iowa's recruiting efforts. His main responsibilities include prospect identification, roster management, and on-campus recruiting.

As Iowa's quality control director, Southmayd assisted the recruiting coordinator with the administration of the recruiting process, hosting prospective student-athletes during their visit to campus and gathering information on recruits. He also served as a liaison with other University administration and support areas.

As Iowa's administrative assistant, Southmayd assisted the coaching staff in compiling statistical information, gathering information on opponents and recruits and assisting in the day to day operation of the football office.

Iowa has participated in 12 bowl games since 2001, including the 2014 TaxSlayer Bowl. The Hawkeyes won bowl games following the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, defeating ranked opponents in both 2009 and 2010. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 13 seasons.

Iowa has appeared in seven January bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes have won 6-of-12 bowl games under Kirk Ferentz and his staff, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange).

Iowa has won 104 games over the past 13 seasons, including 61 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten's first division in 12 of the past 14 years.

Prior to coming to the University of Iowa, Southmayd was a student coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa from 1998 to 2001. While at Central, he coached the receivers and worked primarily with the offense. In that time span, Central won three Iowa Conference football championships and participated in four NCAA Division III playoffs. In the summer of 2001, Scott served as an intern with the University of Northern Iowa football program.

Southmayd graduated cumma laude from Central College in 2002 with a B.A. in general studies. While at Central, he was the recipient of the Marjorie Giles Leadership Award. Southmayd earned a master's degree in recreation sport management and leisure studies from the University of Iowa in December, 2004.

A native of Readlyn, Iowa, Southmayd attended Wapsie Valley High School and played on a state championship football team coached by his father, Jerry Southmayd. Scott was awarded the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Iowa High School Scholar-Athlete Award in 1998.

Southmayd was born in Waverly, Iowa. Scott and his wife, Elizabeth, have a son, Landon, and a daughter, Hannah.

Iowa DPP, 2014-Present
Iowa QC, 2006-13
Iowa AA, 2002-05
Central College SA, 1998-2001

"It is a great honor to be a part of the football staff at the University of Iowa under the direction of Coach Ferentz. As a native Iowan and graduate of the University of Iowa, I have a great passion and enthusiasm for this University and Hawkeye football. The Iowa football program is built on hard work, integrity and a "people first" approach. This is a direct reflection of the leadership provided by Coach Ferentz and the entire coaching staff.

Coach Ferentz exemplifies all that is great about college football. He is one of the best teachers and motivators there is. He has a sincere interest and genuine concern for all of the people associated with the program, especially the players. Although there has been much documented success of the Iowa players' development on the field, Coach Ferentz' impact goes well beyond football. Coach Ferentz truly cares about the players' personal lives, helping them to grow as students and young men.

The Hawkeye football players are outstanding young men. They too demonstrate a great work ethic, high character and deep passion for football. Combine this with the stability, loyalty and leadership from the coaching staff and this makes for a very special team.

Our players and coaches are very appreciative of the support of the Iowa fans. The administration, the faculty, the students, the alumni, the state of Iowa and the Iowa City community have great pride and support in Hawkeye football. Whether it is the 70,000 strong at Kinnick or the 40,000 Hawkeye fans that travel to bowl games, Iowa fans will follow the team no matter where the game is played. Hawkeye fans truly are the #1 fans in America!

This is an exciting time in Hawkeye football history. The University of Iowa is truly a special place and the people associated with this program are committed to being the best. I am very fortunate to be a part of the Iowa Hawkeye football family."

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