Q-and-A With Nicole VanderPol

Dec. 16, 2008

What was your favorite part about the trip to the Virgin Islands?
“I would say, being able to spend time with all of my teammates and coaches. Also, being able to visit the island of St. John; it was absolutely gorgeous. The beaches were “post card” beaches with beautiful white sandy beaches and bright blue water.”

If you could guest star on one show, what would it be?
“I have always wanted to be on either, Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly or The Today Show.”

What is one thing that people don’t know about you?
“I love to sit at coffee shops and read! The best time is over Christmas break! Jennie (our trainer), Lisa Piper and I all share books. I probably read 3-4 books over Christmas break and drink lots of sugar free vanilla lattes.”

You’ve said your favorite comedian is Lindsey Nyenhuis. Any memorable moments with her?
“Niner and I have lots of memorable moments. During the summer, we both love to road trip to concerts and those car rides are always fun.”

If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
“I have always thought it would be cool to be invisible.”

You’re at dinner with three other people. Who do you invite?
“Kirk Ferentz, Katie Couric and Kelly Ripa.”

Who is one person you would like to play H-O-R-S-E against?
“Growing up I always played H-O-R-S-E against my Grandpa Murphy and he ALWAYS beat me! We need to have a rematch. Otherwise, I would love to play anyone who is up for the challenge! I have been practicing!”

Where is the toughest place you have played college basketball?
“The toughest place to play would have to be either at Hilton Coliseum in Ames or “The Barn” up at Minnesota. Both are tough to play in, but the atmosphere is amazing! There is nothing better than quieting their fans!”

Looking back on time here at Iowa, what memory do you cherish the most?
“There are so many memories I have cherished, whether they are the life lessons I have learned from the coaches, the great places we have traveled, or time spent with my teammates. This season is something I cherish everyday because the four years has gone by so fast!”

Where do you see yourself going after graduation?
“I see myself living in a big city around the Midwest, working for Target, Nike or Adidas.”

What piece of advice would you give to your freshmen teammates?
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Being a freshman there are so many new things you have to learn, not just basketball-wise. Being a student-athlete we are blessed with great resources all around us! Make sure you take full advantage of them and do not let them go to waste. Also, make sure to cherish every moment you get putting on an IOWA jersey. There is no better feeling and representing this University and this state!”