Courtney Eldridge completed his fourth season on the Iowa staff. After serving as the program’s video coordinator the previous two seasons, Eldridge was elevated to director of recruiting and player development in 2019.
Iowa has finished in the upper half of the Big Ten standings three of the four seasons that Eldridge has been on staff.
Last season, Eldridge helped the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes register 20 regular season wins and would have competed in the NCAA Tournament if not for the cancellation of the postseason due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Eldridge was a member of a staff that coached unanimous consensus first-team All-American Luka Garza. The junior center was named National Player of the Year by a handful of major news outlets, while also earning Big Ten Player of the Year and USBWA District VI Player of the Year distinction.
His first three years as video coordinator, Eldridge assisted with film breakdown and compiling player development edits. He also organized in-depth statistical data and various analytic measures for the coaching staff.
Two years ago, Eldridge was on staff for Iowa’s 23 victories, win an NCAA Tournament game for the third time is five years.
Eldridge played basketball at UNC-Greensboro (UNCG) from 1998-2002, followed by a 12-year professional career in Brazil, Poland, Italy, Belarus, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic. In addition to working men’s basketball youth camps, he was a high school boys basketball coach at East Boston High School and Saint Joseph Prep School in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Eldridge helped the Spartans post three winning seasons during his career, including a 20-win campaign in 2001-02. He was part of the Spartans’ 2001 NCAA Tournament team that won the Southern Conference Tournament title and finished with a 19-12 record. As a senior, he led the Spartans to the SoCon North Division co-championship and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) with a 20-11 record.
Eldridge was a two-time SoCon First Team selection (2001, 2002), as well as a two-time SoCon All-Tournament recipient (2001, 2002). He is the Spartans’ all-time leader in assists (584) and is second in program history in steals (226). Eldridge holds the UNCG single-season records for assists (182 in 2002), and also owns the second (179) and eighth (142) highest marks in school history. He is the school record holder for steals in a season (82 in 2001) and also owns the third highest total (78 in 2002). Eldridge is 10th all-time in UNCG scoring history with 1,329 career points and third all-time with 395 career free throws made. Eldridge is one of three UNCG greats to have their jersey retired; his No. 23 jersey was retired on April 24, 2002.
Eldridge earned his college degree in business administration from UNCG in 2015.