University of Iowa Athletics
Director, Basketball Operations

Ugo Nwaigwe

Ugo Nwaigwe - Women's Basketball - University of Iowa Athletics


Ugo Nwaigwe is in her first season with the Iowa women’s basketball program. Nwaigwe was hired as the director of operations in July of 2019.


  • Works closely with the Hawkeye basketball staff, helping coordinate and carry out day-to-day activities of the program
  • Responsible for arranging team travel and activities, supervising public service opportunities for the team, and coordinating summer camps and training tables


  • Nwaigwe joined the Hawkeyes after spending 2018-19 as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Graceland University.
  • Helped the Jackets to a 13-17 overall record, marking the most wins for the program since the 2011-12 season.
  • The Jackets opened the season with a 9-1 record – the best start to a season in program history.
  • While at Graceland, Nwaigwe assisted in all aspects of the women’s basketball program, including recruiting, skill development, scouting, student-athlete development, and travel coordination.


  • Nwaigwe played professionally overseas in Nigeria, Spain, Angola, Portugal, and Argentina.
  • Nigerian National team member in 2016 and 2017.
  • She was a 2018 AfroCup Bronze Medalist with the First Bank Club of Nigeria, a 2017 African National Champion with the Nigerian Women’s Senior National Team, and a member of the 2016 Nigerian Women’s Senior National Team.


  • In college, she helped guide her team to the WNIT Elite Eight (2016) and the American Athletic Conference semifinals (2016).
  • In 2014, she was named to the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In high school, Nwaigwe was a McDonald All-American nominee.


  • Nwaigwe is a 2016 Temple University master’s graduate with a degree in globalization and development communications
  • She obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2015 from Wagner College in sociology, government and politics.