John "Jersey" Jermier
2019 Heritage Honours Awards | Honorary Alumnus Award Winner
This award is presented to a friend of the university in recognition if their exceptional support of the University of Northern Iowa.
John “Jersey” Jermier has represented the University of Northern Iowa like an alumnus for nearly 40 years. His passion for the institution is apparent to all who talk with him.
Hailing from nearby Charles City, Jersey joined the U.S. Navy in August of 1950. Upon leaving the Navy in 1954, he was a two-sport athlete in baseball and football at Coe College. After numerous coaching stints across the Midwest, Jersey found his true home university in 1980 when he became UNI’s associate director of athletics. He worked with the Panther Scholarship Club and engaged community members to financially support the Panthers.
Following his formal retirement in 1997, Jersey continued to be involved with Panther athletics. To this day, he works with golf outings and other special events, garnering support and enthusiasm for the Panthers. Jersey is a member of the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame and was named an honorary UNI Panther letterman for his steadfast service not only to athletics but also for his service to the University of Northern Iowa.