Tonight on Big Ten Icons: Dan Gable profile

Iowa’s Dan Gable led the Iowa wrestling program from 1977-1997 and to 17 NCAA titles, including nine consecutive championships from 1978 to 1986. He also guided the Hawkeyes to 21 straight Big Ten titles as head coach and posted an amazing 355-21-5 career dual meet record. At 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Gable becomes the latest Big Ten coach to be celebrated in the series Big Ten Icons, hosted by college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson. In this video clip, listen to Gable describe how his one loss as a wrestler fueled his coaching career.

And get this: During his prep and college careers, Gable compiled an unbelievable record of 182-1. Read Gable’s bio over on Our friends over at Iowa also have a great “This is Your Life”on Gable, complete with video and this great photo gallery. And by now you should not be surprised that Gable has his own statue coming at Iowa.


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Justin on 10/11/2011 @ 10:45am EDT Said:

Please fix your post. Dan Gable won 9 consecutive championships from 1978 to 1986. staff on 10/11/2011 @ 11:00am EDT Said:

    Good catch, our bad. Thanks.

Ruez on 10/11/2011 @ 1:40pm EDT Said:

Great news, cannot wait to watch it!

Gerald Edgar on 10/11/2011 @ 3:11pm EDT Said:

Name any collegiate sport, football, basketball, baseball, swimming, volleyball, gymnastics, golk, etc and find an athlete or coach who equally dominated in both roles. No one comes close! Only one name comes to the fore when discussing both the ‘greatest’ coaches and participants in a particular sport – Gable.

bob on 1/30/2012 @ 7:03pm EDT Said:

How can I find out when the dan gable special is on again? Or how can I access this special via the web?