Jan. 20, 2009
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IOWA CITY – – Iowa Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Jenni Fitzgerald was one of three former Drake athletes to receive the Drake Double D Award last Saturday night in Des Moines. Fitzgerald received the award at halftime of the Drake-Northern Iowa men’s basketball game.
The award is presented annually to Drake letterwinners for achievements in their chosen fields of endeavor and/or community service since leaving Drake. The Double D Award is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes. Since its inception in 1968, the Double D honor has been presented to 234 former Drake letterwinners.
Fitzgerald was the starting point guard for the Drake women’s basketball team from 1986-91. She was named team MVP as a junior and was named captain as a senior while earning All-Gateway Conference honors.
She was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs and only the second player in Drake history to start every game of her collegiate career.
Fitzgerald graduated from Drake, ranking second on the school career steals list (250) third on the school career free throw percentage chart (.802) and third on the school career assist list (516).
In February 2007, Iowa Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jan Jensen, who also played women’s basketball at Drake, earned the Double D Award.