Gary Barta

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Gary Barta
Born (1963-09-04) September 4, 1963 (age 51)

Gary Barta (born September 4, 1963) is the current athletic director at the University of Iowa. He succeeded Bob Bowlsby on August 1, 2006, when Bowlsby stepped down after 15 years as Iowa's athletic director to take the same position at Stanford University. Before coming to Iowa, Barta was the athletic director at the University of Wyoming.

University of Iowa Director of Athletics

Barta became Director of Athletics on August 1, 2006. Since his arrival at Iowa, Barta has spearheaded numerous upgrades to current athletic facilities and the construction of many new facilities. Including the expansion of the administrative office complex at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The expansion of the wrestling training facility and building of new practice gyms and weight training facilities also at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The upgrade of the sound system, scoreboard and video boards at Kinnick Stadium. The Construction of the Hoak Family Golf Complex. The building of the P. Sue Beckwith Boat House and the Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center in partnership with the University's Department of Recreational Services. In the fall of 2014 the new Stew & LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center was completed which includes the new Richard O. Jacobson Football Operations Center and a new 120 yard indoor practice field.

Barta has hired numerous new head coaches during his tenure as Athletic Director. Including Mark Hankins and Tyler Stith, Men's Golf. Todd Lickliter and Fran McCaffery, Men's Basketball. Rick Heller, Baseball. Joey Woody, Track & Field. Sharon Dingman and Bond Shymansky, Women's Volleyball. Steve Pitzker and Andrew Carter, Women's Crew. Dave DiIanni, Women's Soccer. Katie Dougherty, Women's Tennis. Megan Menzel, Women's Golf. Lisa Cellucci, Field Hockey. Marla Looper, Softball.

Controversy While At Iowa

In early November 2012, Athletic Academic Advisor, Peter Gray resigned under allegations of sexual harassment towards male student-athletes and the improper use of complimentary tickets that were given to individuals outside the athletic department in exchange for sexually suggestive pictures and video.

On November 6, 2013, Athletic Department Accountant, Kathleen Willier was fired after a State of Iowa audit showed $66,000 in cash revenue was not properly deposited into University accounts. The cash was from ticket sales for the Hawkeye Express shuttle which is used to transport fans to and from Kinnick Stadium on football game days.

On August 4, 2014 Barta fired long-time, and very successful Field Hockey Coach, Tracey Griesbaum as a result of allegations from a group of former players who complained that Griesbaum had been verbally abusive to them, and had created an atmosphere of intimidation within the program. This lead to a very vocal outcry from many current and former players and other supporters who called for the immediate reinstatement of Griesbaum as the head coach. The Iowa Board of Regents and then University of Iowa President Sally Mason refused to hear or consider any appeal to the dismissal. This lead to four current and former Field Hockey players to file on January 28, 2015, a formal Title IX Civil Rights complaint to the U.S Department of Education.


As the Iowa athletic director, Gary Barta's results in the Learfield Director's Cup,[3] Big Ten standings (by year):

Year Place Notes
2006 11th out of 11 Big Ten schools, or last in conference athletics
2007 11th out of 11 Big Ten schools
2008 10th out of 11 Big Ten schools
2009 11th out of 11 Big Ten schools
2010 9th out of 11 Big Ten schools
2011 12th out of 12 Big Ten schools, Nebraska added to conference
2012 12th out of 12 Big Ten schools
2013 12th out of 12 Big Ten schools


  1. ^, "Iowa terminates contract of head field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum." 5 Aug. 2014.
  2. ^ Harty, Pat. "Outcry over firing of Iowa field hockey coach." 5 Aug. 2014.
  3. ^ Learfield Director's Cup

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