Iowa City, Iowa — The Hawkeye Wrestling Club announced Wednesday that long-time Iowa wrestling fan, Herb Tyler, has been named recipient of the fourth annual Rob McReynolds Passion Award.
Tyler was born November 23, 1930 and died on May 31, 2013 of pancreatic cancer. He attended local schools through ninth grade and then — of his own free will — attended Culver Military Academy. Thereafter he attended Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. He left college and was drafted into the Army, achieving the rank of Corporal.
Herb married Mary Ann Berger and they had three beautiful daughters. After Herb and Mary Ann divorced, he was most fortunate to find his loving partner, Nancy Chapman.
On April 5, 2022, Herb Tyler’s estate gifted more than $1 million to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. The gift came on the eve of the HWC’s 50th anniversary and was described by Iowa head coach Tom Brands as “the largest monetary gift ever received by the HWC.”
Tyler is being honored with an award presented annually to a member of the HWC community who best displays the characteristics that define the late Rob McReynolds’ life as a husband, father, friend, athlete, coach, mentor, and businessman. Those characteristics include directing endless energy toward achieving a desired outcome, inspiring others to achieve their highest potential, and providing loving support and compassion for those around him. Eligible recipients include club athletes, club coaches/staff, fans and supporters.
“Herb Tyler was an energetic supporter of our program for a very long time and now, because of his generosity, aspiring athletes will benefit from Herb’s vision and the establishment of the Herb Tyler 50 Year Fund for decades to come,” said HWC Executive Director Chad Beatty. “We are honored to have him as a Hawkeye and it is a privilege to recognize Herb and his family as the Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s 2022 Rob McReynolds Passion Award recipients.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to present the 2022 Passion Award in honor of Herb Tyler,” said Barb McReynolds. “His support of the Iowa wrestling program and extreme generosity to the HWC will be valued and treasured by many athletes in the future. The legacy of his life sets an example to all of us.”
Rob McReynolds Award recipients
Herb Tyler, 2022
Randy Novak, 2021
Beth and Steve Reese, 2020
Forrest Molinari, 2019
About Rob McReynolds:
Born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Rob McReynolds moved to the Hawkeye State with his family in 1964. He graduated from DeWitt Central High School in 1977, lettering as a three-sport athlete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Rob excelled in wrestling and set the school single-season record with 31 wins in 1977. He did not win the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament and ironically, this disappointment became a driving force for many things he did over the next thirty years.
After their marriage in 1981, Rob and his wife, Barb moved to Colorado. There, he began his 36-year career in the roofing business. He purchased D Roofing Inc. in 1997. With enthusiasm, trust, and hard work, he built an incredible customer base. He was committed to keeping his customers happy, and every employee was aware of this priority. In addition, the company won job workmanship awards from the Colorado Roofing Association (CRA) for 15 consecutive years. Nationally, Roofing ranked as high as 16th based on total sales volume and they consistently finished in the top 40 in the U.S. In 2014, D Roofing won the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) prestigious Gold Circle Award for the job of the year.
During his career in roofing, Rob held many leadership roles for both the CRA and the NRCA. In the roofing industry, it was well known that Rob raised the bar for roofing contractor standards. Starting in 2003, he worked on over 19 different committees for the NRCA for 10 years. He was the president of the National Roofing Legal Resource Center in 2008. Rob also served as a director for the NRCA from 2003 to 2007 and was later promoted to vice president of the NRCA Executive Board from 2009 to 2011. Rob was the president of the CRA in 2004. In 2013, Rob won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CRA. Rob sold D Roofing Inc. in January of 2016 and managed the transition for the new owners for two years until retiring in January of 2018.
A loving husband and father, Rob and his wife raised two daughters. As a family, they suffered the loss of a three-month old son who died of SIDS in 1987. Without a doubt, Rob was devastated. He found an outlet to ease his pain through coaching High School wrestling in Colorado. Those who wrestled for him knew that Coach McReynolds required dedication and commitment, but they also recognized that he sincerely cared to make them better at their sport and outstanding young men. He coached for a span of 10 years through 1996. The pinnacle of Rob’s coaching career came from 1993 through 1995. For those three consecutive years, Rob coached the wrestler of the year in the state of Colorado. Those three wrestlers had a combined record of 107 wins with zero losses. Rob also coached a Colorado Cadet and Junior National team from 1992 to 1995.
Rob was passionate about everything in life and was known for his high energy, drive, and determination. An avid Hawkeye wrestling fan, Rob was a board member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. He attended 34 NCAA wrestling tournaments and was a member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association for 25 years. With his family at his side, Rob passed away in September 2019 following a bout with cancer.
About the Hawkeye Wrestling Club:
Since its inception in 1973, the focus of Hawkeye Wrestling Club has been to provide the training, coaching and resources necessary to help our athletes pursue their dreams of becoming World and Olympic Champions. The money raised through the HWC goes directly to benefit the athletes helping with living expenses, training and traveling needs. Maybe the most important aspect of the HWC is its pursuit in trying to get the best post-collegiate athletes to train with the HWC together in Iowa City to attain the ultimate prize in wrestling… World and Olympic gold medals.