Our Coaches

The University of Iowa softball team’s coaching staff is committed to excellence on and off the diamond. With over 2,000 combined wins as head coaches, the Iowa coaching staff brings experience, personality, and a winning culture to Iowa City.



Head Coach Renee Gillispie

Head coach Renee Gillispie returned home in 2018 after 18 years at UCF. Gillispie started UCF’s Division I program in 2002, and averaged more than 36 wins per season. She has coached 75 all-conference honorees, 35 all-tournament selections, and 25 NFCA all-region selections. Eighty players have earned academic all-conference honors.


Gillispie assembled an accomplish staff around her and got to work to rejuvenate the Iowa softball program. The Hawkeyes were a Big-Ten best 17-5 before the 2020 season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Gillispie is a native of Danville, Iowa, and played collegiately at Kirkwood and West Texas A&M University.

Director of Softball Operations Matt Meyer

Matt Meyer joined the Hawkeye softball staff on Nov. 9, 2020 after seven years at the University at Buffalo where he served as the Director of Softball Operations (2017-2020) and Director of Softball Managerial Staff (2013-2017).

In addition, Meyer assisted the Buffalo volleyball team from 2019-2020 where he was the Director of Operations and Co-Camp Coordinator. He also served as the athletic event & facility operations intern from 2017-2019.

Meyer received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2017 and master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2021, both from the University at Buffalo.

Our Managers

The Iowa softball team would not be able to operate successfully without the tireless effort from our team managers. This group of dedicated students assist our coaching staff at practice, on the road, and during games to keep the Hawkeyes at the top of their game.

Follow @iowasbmgrs on Twitter for updates from our manager staff.

A group of Iowa Softball managers standing and kneeling on the softball field