Thursday, June 14, 2012

Phil Haddy retiring after 41 years

After 41 years of service to the University of Iowa, Phil Haddy is ending his career at Sports Information Director for the Hawkeyes. Haddy has worked in the SID department all of those years, and has led it since 1993.

A golf outing and reception were held for Phil on the University campus Tuesday. Representatives from  Iowa State, the National Football Federation and Capital One Bowl were in attendance as well as Mark Rudner of the Big Ten Conference. Family, former sports information students and friends of Phil came back to wish him the best in retirement. And former Iowa play by play announcers Ron Gonder and Bob Brooks took to the microphone and gave a story or two of Haddy.

Dan Gable took to the podium. As former head wrestling coach at Iowa, Gable had many good memories of Haddy. Phil has been the PA announcer for wrestling meets since the 70s, and one of the sports biggest supporters. Gable reminisced about a time where Lincoln McIlravey got the nickname, "The Dakota Destroyer" as Phil introduced him in front of a near sell-out crowd at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Phil will definitely not depart from the University quickly. He will still be seen at many home Hawkeye events, and will continue to contribute as much as he can. It will be tough for him to leave the Kinnick Stadium Press Box, the free steak meals on road trips, and escape the background of many television shots.

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