IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced Wednesday that Courtney Eldridge has been hired as the program’s video coordinator.
Eldridge played basketball at UNC-Greensboro (UNCG) from 1998-2002, followed by a 12-year professional career in Brazil, Poland, Italy, Belarus, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic. In addition to working men’s basketball youth camps, he was a high school boy’s basketball coach at East Boston High School and Saint Joseph Prep School in Brighton, Massachusetts.
“I would like to thank President Bruce Harreld, Director of Athletics Gary Barta and the members of the search committee for selecting me as the new video coordinator for men’s basketball at the University of Iowa,” Eldridge said. “Iowa is a special place with a rich basketball history. I am excited and can’t wait to join Coach McCaffery and the rest of the Hawkeye family.”
“Courtney is a perfect fit for our staff and the University of Iowa,” said McCaffery. “Courtney was a great player and leader when he played for me at UNCG. He is an extremely hard working individual, who has tremendous character and basketball experience that will benefit our players and coaches. “
Eldridge helped the Spartans post three winning seasons during his career, including a 20-win campaign in 2001-02. He was part of the Spartans’ 2001 NCAA Tournament team that won the Southern Conference Tournament title and finished with a 19-12 record. As a senior, he led the Spartans to the SoCon North Division co-championship and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) with a 20-11 record.
Eldridge was a two-time SoCon First Team selection (2001, 2002), as well as a two-time SoCon All-Tournament recipient (2001, 2002). He is the Spartans’ all-time leader in assists (584) and is second in program history in steals (226). Eldridge holds the UNCG single-season records for assists (182 in 2002), and also owns the second (179) and eighth (142) highest marks in school history. He is the school record holder for steals in a season (82 in 2001) and also owns the third highest total (78 in 2002). Eldridge is 10th all-time in UNCG scoring history with 1,329 career points and third all-time with 395 career free throws made. Eldridge is one of three UNCG greats to have their jersey retired; his No. 23 jersey was retired on April 24, 2002.