On Saturday, the Northern Iowa Panthers pulled off a big upset, beating the Iowa State Cyclones 25-24 and becoming the fourth FCS team to beat a Power Five team this weekend. Not only did they get this huge win, but head coach Mark Farley became the winningest coach in school history.
Farley entered Saturday’s contest with a record of 129-61, the same amount of wins as Stan Sheriff, the man who helped the team build the UNI-Dome in the 1970s. With the upset, Farley won his 130th game, becoming the best coach in school history.
“I take the responsibility that it’s my job right now to make sure when I leave here football is bigger and better than what it was when I came,” Farley said, via The Des Moines Register. “And the challenge is, times have changed.”
Mark Farley joined the Panthers in 2001 and made an immediate impact, helping them go 10-3, win the Missouri Valley Football Conference title and make the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. He has helped them win seven conference titles and make nine appearances in the playoffs, including nearly winning the national championship in 2005, in 15 years with the team.
It is safe to say that he is the best coach this team has ever seen.