Harmon Tabbed ABIS Head Coach Watch List

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa women’s basketball assistant coach, Raina Harmon, was named to the 2024 ABIS Head Coach Watch List on Friday by the Advancement of Blacks in Sport committee.

Harmon is in her seventh season as an assistant coach with the Hawkeyes. She works primarily with perimeter players.

– In Harmon’s seven seasons, she has helped Iowa to a 180-51 overall record and its first National Championship appearance in school history.
– Helped Iowa to Big Ten Tournament Championships in 2019, 2022, 2023, and 2024.
– One of 15 leaders part of the Big Ten Conference’s LGBTQ+ Working Group.
– With Harmon on the sidelines, the Hawkeyes returned to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2015-16. (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024)
– Caitlin Clark was the consensus National Player of the Year in 2023 and a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year.
– Kathleen Doyle earned consensus All-America status with nods from Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), United States Basketball Writers Association (WSBWA), and Associated Press (AP) in 2020.
– Guided Kathleen Doyle (2019 and 2020) to first team All-Big Ten honors as well as 2020 Big Ten Player of the Year.

The list includes the NCAA’s top black men’s and women’s head and assistant coaches from across the country. This year’s list features 26 head coaches and 40 rising assistant coaches from midlevel and major NCAA programs as recognized by their peers as some of the best in the business. Those nominated are considered to be the year’s most deserving, qualified, and prepared black coaches in the NCAA to elevate their careers to the next level.

This ABIS black coaches watch list is shared annually with athletic administrators and executive search firms in efforts to highlight their contributions as the hiring cycle for men’s and women’s basketball begins.