March 20, 2007
Michael Morgan informed Iowa Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lisa Bluder today that he is stepping down as an assistant coach.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of the Iowa women’s basketball program,” said Morgan. “I want to thank Coach Bluder and the entire staff for giving me this great opportunity to coach such wonderful student-athletes the past seven years. This was a difficult decision, but ultimately I wanted to spend more time with my family and pursue other interests. I was a Hawkeye as a player and as a coach and will always be a Hawkeye.”
Morgan joined the coaching staff in 2000 and served as an assistant under Coach Bluder for seven seasons. Morgan helped coach the small forwards and assisted in recruiting and scouting. Morgan’s departure marks the first coaching staff change, during Bluder’s coaching tenure at Iowa.
“I want to thank Michael for his work over the past several years and wish him the best in his future,” Bluder said. “As a former athlete, I know how much he loves the Hawkeyes! I appreciate his service to our program and know that he will be cheering for us in the future.”
Morgan, who played basketball for the Hawkeyes from 1985-88, helped guide the Iowa women to six post-season appearances, including four NCAA Tournament berths and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2001. He helped guide the Black and Gold to four first-division conference finishes.
A national search to find Morgan’s replacement will begin immediately.