Courtney Eldridge is in his sixth 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 four of the five seasons that Eldridge has been on staff, including a third place finish this past season.
The last three seasons, Eldridge and the Hawkeyes won 20+ games, have been a mainstay in the national rankings, and posted NCAA Tournament victories in 2019 and 2021. Eldridge was a member of a staff that coached two-time unanimous consensus first-team All-American, and Big Ten and National Player of the Year Luka Garza. The center was also the consensus 2021 National Player of the Year, including winning the Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award.
Iowa won 15 games over AP Top 25 opponents over the last two seasons, tops among all Division I teams. In 2021, Iowa won 14 Big Ten regular season games, its highest total since 1987. The Hawkeyes earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, tying its highest ever seed in tournament history (No. 2 in 1987).
Eldridge and the Hawkeyes have led the Big Ten in scoring each of the last three seasons, including ranking fifth nationally in 2021. Iowa averaged 83.7 points per game in 2021, its highest scoring average in 32 years. Additionally, Iowa was tops in Division I in assists per game (19.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) in 2021.
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.
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.
Eldridge and his wife, Aisha, have three children, Dante, Jordan, and Aliyah.