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Gary Barta retirement reactions: Kirk Ferentz ‘was surprised’
Iowa AD announced retirement Friday
Iowa athletics director Gary Barta announced his retirement Friday after 17 years at the Big Ten school.
Here is what others are saying about Barta.
Fran McCaffery, Iowa men’s basketball coach
“Gary Barta was phenomenal to work with. One of the things that attracted me to the University of Iowa 13 years ago was his unwavering support of our staff and student-athletes, his commitment to doing things the right way, and always maintaining the integrity of our institution.
“Gary is loyal, and he was committed to constantly making us better. His diligence has helped our program succeed in the most competitive conference in college athletics. A lot of the success our program has had is a direct result of Gary's vision to improve Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The addition of the practice facility, and upgrades to the weight room and locker rooms were game changers for both men’s and women’s basketball, not to mention a number of other facility improvements for other teams.
“On a personal note, he has always been incredibly supportive of my family, including when my son Patrick was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2014. That speaks volumes about his character.”
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa football coach
“I was surprised to learn that Gary is retiring today. I valued our working relationship as he led our athletic department over the past 17 years. I certainly understand and respect his decision to walk away and wish he and Connie the very best in their new chapter.”
Jamie Pollard, Iowa State athletics director
“I have enjoyed working with Gary for the past 17 years. He has had an outstanding career and will be missed by his colleagues. I am excited for Connie and Gary to begin their next phase of life and wish them well in retirement.”
Rob Sand, Iowa state auditor
Gene Taylor, Kansas State athletics director
David Harris, UNI athletics director
“Gary Barta's career in athletic administration, which includes time here at UNI as Director of Athletics Development/External Relations, has been marked by tremendous achievements in competition and beyond. We would like to congratulate him on his accomplished tenure at the University of Iowa and his many years of service to collegiate athletics. We send our best to him and his family as he enters retirement.”