Coach McCaffery Ready to Turn Program Around

Oct. 12, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Iowa men’s basketball is almost here. Media Day is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, while the start of official practice is Friday.

With the start of the basketball season closing in, Iowa men’s basketball beat writer Steve Batterson of the Quad City Times recently wrote an article documenting the success Coach McCaffery has enjoyed in turning basketball programs around and what lies ahead at Iowa.

Fran McCaffery doesn’t walk around wearing a tool belt, although that might be an appropriate accessory for the first-year Iowa men’s basketball coach.

Given the ongoing renovation of Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the state of the program he now heads, McCaffery finds himself in the midst of another rebuilding job.

With four consecutive seasons without a postseason appearance and only a single finish of better than one game over .500 in the Big Ten in the past 13 years, the Hawkeyes are in need of an overhaul.

McCaffery has built a reputation for turning programs around.

From his work at Lehigh as the youngest head coach in Division I basketball, to the turnarounds he orchestrated over the past decade at North Carolina-Greensboro and Siena, his record is one of successful rehab efforts on every court he has worked.

Beginning with the start of practice Friday, McCaffery launches the task of overhauling an Iowa program that has struggled in recent years.

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