Mark Farley
Farley at the 2011 Principal Charity Classic
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNorthern Iowa
ConferenceMVFC
Record168–93
Biographical details
Born (1963-04-05) April 5, 1963 (age 59)
Waukon, Iowa
Playing career
1983–1985Northern Iowa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–1988Northern Iowa (GA)
1989–1996Northern Iowa (LB)
1997–2000Kansas (LB)
2001–presentNorthern Iowa
Head coaching record
Overall168–93
Tournaments17–13 (NCAA D-I-AA/D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
7 MVFC (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
Awards
Eddie Robinson Award (2007)

Mark Farley (born April 5, 1963) is an American football coach. He is the head coach at the University of Northern Iowa, a position he has held since 2001. Farley started at inside linebacker at Northern Iowa from 1983 to 1985. He led the team in tackles in 1984 and 1985, was named Gateway Football Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1985, first team all-conference three times, earned honorable mention All-America honors twice and twice named Academic All-American.[1]

He then became an assistant at Northern Iowa. In 1989, he was named linebackers coach by new head coach Terry Allen. In 1997, he followed Allen to the University of Kansas, but left in 2001 when the head coaching position at his alma mater opened up. Acting as his own defensive coordinator, Farley's squads perennially rank among the top defense teams in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. In early 2008, Farley served as the interim director of athletics at Northern Iowa.[2] With a win over in-state rival Iowa State on September 3, 2016, Farley passed Northern Iowa legend Stan Sheriff in all-time wins as a football coach. Farley notched his 150th Northern Iowa career win with a home victory over Southern Utah on September 7, 2019.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN/STATS# Coaches'°
Northern Iowa Panthers (Gateway Football Conference / Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2001–present)
2001 Northern Iowa 11–3 6–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal 4
2002 Northern Iowa 5–6 2–5 T–6th
2003 Northern Iowa 10–3 6–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal 5
2004 Northern Iowa 7–4 5–2 3rd 25
2005 Northern Iowa 11–4 5–2 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA Championship 2
2006 Northern Iowa 7–4 5–2 T–2nd 17
2007 Northern Iowa 12–1 6–0 1st L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal 5 4
2008 Northern Iowa 12–3 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal 4 4
2009 Northern Iowa 7–4 5–3 T–3rd 18 18
2010 Northern Iowa 7–5 6–2 1st L NCAA Division I First Round 18 19
2011 Northern Iowa 10–3 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal 5 6
2012 Northern Iowa 5–6 4–4 T–6th
2013 Northern Iowa 7–5 3–5 T–7th
2014 Northern Iowa 9–5 6–2 3rd L NCAA Division I Second Round 10 10
2015 Northern Iowa 9–5 5–3 T–3rd L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal 8 6
2016 Northern Iowa 5–6 4–4 T–4th
2017 Northern Iowa 8–5 6–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division I Second Round 19 19
2018 Northern Iowa 7–6 5–3 T–3rd L NCAA Division I Second Round
2019 Northern Iowa 10–5 6–2 2nd L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal 5 5
2020–21 Northern Iowa 3–4 3–4 6th
2021 Northern Iowa 6–6 4–4 6th L NCAA Division I First Round 23 25
Northern Iowa: 167–92 106–53
Total: 167–92
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

See also

References

  1. ^ "2017 Football Coaching Staff". University of Northern Iowa. Archived from the original on August 29, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "UNI names interim director of athletics". Cedar Falls, Iowa: University of Northern Iowa. January 31, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2012.