University of Iowa Athletics
Director, Basketball Operations

Ugo Nwaigwe


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.