University of Iowa Athletics

#5 Denali Loecker

Height 5-10
Class Fr.
Hometown Ogden, Iowa
High School Ogden
Denali Loecker - Softball - University of Iowa Athletics

2023 as a junior

  • Started in 59 games.
  • Had a team high 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.
  • Had 13 multi RBI games including two four-RBI games against NC State and Rutgers.
  • Made 31 appearances in the circle with three starts.
  • Registered a 2.86 ERA in 73.1 innings pitched and had 51 strikeouts.
  • Tied the school record for saves in a season with nine.
  • Ranks fifth all time at Iowa for career home runs with 24.
  • Was named to the NISC all-tournament team.

2022 as a sophomore

  • Started in 51 games
  • Hit .281, batting 135 times, with 38 hits
  • Led team with 10 home runs, the second highest in school history
  • Notched 27 RBI’s, with a career-high four against Ohio State on April 17
  • Pitched 131.1 innings with 67 strikeouts

2021 as a freshman

  • Started 39 games and appeared in 43
  • Led team in batting average (.322), slugging percentage (.504), and on base percentage (.399)
  • Tied for ninth in Big Ten with 28 RBIs
  • Made first career start in the circle against Michigan on February 27
  • Had four RBIs and hit first career home run against Purdue on March 28
  • Recognized on the second All-Big Ten Team
  • Earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week on April 27 and May 11

High School

  • Ranked 75th in the nation by Extra Innings Softball
  • Two-time all-state honoree
  • Batted .627 her junior season, going 22-6 in the circle with 204 strikeouts
  • Holds single-season school records for doubles, homeruns, RBIs, batting average, and strikeouts
  • Holds career school records for doubles, home runs, and RBI
  • Three-time all-conference honoree
  • Two-time Iowa Preps DMACC All-Star
  • Three-time all-district honoree
  • Honorable mention all-state following her freshman season
  • USSSA World Series 13U Championship Defensive MVP playing for Diablas Club
  • Member of Iowa Premier Fastpitch from 2013-20
  • Competed in volleyball, basketball, and track in high school
  • High school coach was Mike Moses
  • Club coach was Greg Dickle


  • Born Aug. 1, 2002.
  • Daughter of Tara and Jason Loecker
  • Has one sibling – Madison.
  • Business major with sport and recreation management minor.