Iowa Athlete of the Year Finalists

Big Ten Directors of Athletics approved a recommendation of the sports information directors to establish a Big Ten Athlete of the Year named for Jesse Owens, Big Ten - Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award beginning in 1982. Indiana track performer Jim Spivey was the initial award winner.

In 1983, the Directors of Athletics approved a separate athlete of the year award for women's athletics. In 1991-92, the women's award was renamed the Big Ten - Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year award as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women's athletics in the Conference.

1982 Andre Tippett, football  
1983 *Ed Banach, wrestling Nan Doak, track/cross country
1984 Chuck Long, football Ellen Egan, field hockey
1985 *Barry Davis, wrestling Marcia Pankratz, field hockey
1986 *Chuck Long, football Marcia Pankratz, field hockey
1987 Jim Hefferman, wrestling Karen Napolitano, field hockey
1988 John Davey, swimming Michelle Edwards, basketball
1989 Chuck Hartlieb, football Jeanne Kruckeberg, track/cross country
1990 Artur Wojdat, swimming Franthea Price, basketball
1991 Artur Wojdat, swimming Diane Pohl, softball
1992 Tom Brands, wrestling Tracy Dahl, cross country/track
1993 Anthuan Maybank, track and field Tracy Dahl Morris, cross country/track
1994 Rafal Szukala, swimming #Kristy Gleason, field hockey
1995 Jay Thornton, gymnastics Kristen Holmes, field hockey
1996 Daryl Weber, wrestling Kim Baker, gymnastics
1997 Andre Woolridge, basketball Kristen Holmes, field hockey/basketball
1998 Tim Dwight, football Debbie Bilbao, softball
1999 Todd Strada, gymnastics Amy Herrig, basketball
2000 Tyler Cleveland, tennis Kelly Druley, field hockey, Melissa Loehndrof, swimming
2001 Eric Juergens, wrestling Cara Consuegra, basketball
2002 Don Jackson, gymnastics Lindsey Meder, basketball
2003 Brad Banks, football Kristin Johnson, softball
2004 Robert Gallery, football Alexis Maday, gymnastics
2005 Drew Tate, football Lisa Birocci, softball
2006 Chad Greenway, football Kineke Alexander, track
2007 Adam Haluska, basketball Kineke Alexander, track
2008 Brent Metcalf, wrestling* Diane Nukuri, cross country/track

* Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year
# Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year