University of Iowa Athletics
Head Coach

Lisa Bluder

Bio

Lisa Bluder, the all-time winningest coach in program history, is in her 20th year as head women’s basketball coach at the University of Iowa and her 35th year overall. Under her direction, the Hawkeyes have advanced to 18 postseason appearances (14 NCAA and four WNIT) in 19 seasons, including NCAA Tournament berths in 10 of the last 11 seasons. Iowa has advanced to the postseason in 12 consecutive seasons (10 NCAA and two WNIT).

THE BLUDER FILE

  • 752-359 (.677) overall record
  • 396-217 (.646) record at Iowa
  • Surpassed Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269 wins) as Iowa’s all-time winningest coach in program history on Feb. 10, 2014 (Northwestern, 90-84)
  • NCAA women’s basketball 16th winningest coach (752 wins)
  • Dean of the Big Ten Coaches
  • 2019 Naismith Coach of the Year
  • Coached the 2018-19 Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten Tournament Title since 2001.
  • Led Iowa to 12, 20-win seasons in her 19 years, including 10 of the last 12 years
  • Took Iowa to its first Sweet Sixteen since 1996 in 2015 and its first Elite Eight since 1993 in 2019.
  • 2015 Carol Eckman Award winner
  • Three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2008, 2010)
  • Four-time WBCA Regional Coach of the Year (2001, 2008, 2018, 2019)
  • Posted a winning record in 18 of her 19 years at Iowa, including 13 upper-division finishes in the Big Ten Conference
  • Named to the Division I Midwest Representative of the WBCA Board of Directors in 2003
  • Has served on the WBCA Kodak All-American selection committee for four terms and the Midwest Regional Advisory Committee for the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships
  • 2012 Quad City Times Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2016 Des Moines Register Hall of Fame inductee

700 CLUB

  • 1-of-10 active Division I head coaches to win 700+ games
  • 1-of-29 women’s coaches to win 700+ contests
  • 1-of-76 coaches (men or women) to win 700+ games

STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS

  • Mentored 22 players to 54 All-Big Ten honors, including 17 first team picks, 17 second, 11 third, and nine honorable mention selections
  • Has had one Big Ten Player of the Year (Megan Gustafson, 2018, 2019), two Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners, two Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year recipients, 10 members of the Big Ten All-Freshman team, and three players named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team, with Kachine Alexander earning the honor twice.
  • Guided six players to a total of nine WBCA All-Region Team accolades
  • Led seven players to a total of 10 All-America honors (including honorable mention honors)

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Bluder coached the 2018-19 team to its first Big Ten Tournament title since her first season (2001) with wins over Indiana, Rutgers, and No. 8 Maryland. The Hawkeyes finished second in the Big Ten regular season.
  • In 2008, Iowa won a share of the Big Ten regular season championship, it’s ninth in school history. The Hawkeyes won a Big Ten-season-best, eight-straight games during league play
  • In Bluder’s first year at Iowa, the 2000-01 Hawkeyes finished second in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes knocked off Indiana, Illinois, and Purdue to win the first Big Ten Tournament crown under Bluder

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • At Iowa, student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten 99 times, including a program-best eight honorees in 2011 and 2012
  • Ally Disterhoft (2013-17) was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in consecutive seasons (2016 and 2017)
  • Disterhoft was the fifth scholar-athlete to win the prestigious award in back-to-back years since its inception in 1987-88 and the second Big Ten athlete to accomplish the feat
  • Disterhoft became Iowa’s first three-time Academic All-American (2015-3rd team, 2016-1st team, 2017-1st team)
  • Lindsey Meder was the first two-time Academic All-American (2001 and 2002)
  • Samantha Logic earned Academic All-American distinction in 2015
  • In 2015, Iowa was the only DI women’s basketball team to have two student-athletes honored (Disterhoft, Logic)

THE RISE OF MEGAN GUSTAFSON

  • First Consensus National Player of the Year in conference history, winning ESPNW National Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, Naismith Trophy, and USBWA Player of the Year (Ann Meyers Drysdale Trophy).
  • 2019 Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Year
  • Honda Sport Award Winner for Women’s Basketball
  • Top-3 Finalist for the Honda Cup
  • Lisa Leslie Award Winner and Senior CLASS Award Winner
  • Consensus First Team All-American
  • Wade Trophy Finalist, John R. Wooden Award Finalist, Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Semifinalist
  • Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten Selection (Coaches & Media) as a senior (three-time All-Big Ten honoree; 2018, 2019
  • Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player
  • Big Ten’s All-Time Leading Rebounder
  • Iowa’s All-Time leading scorer and rebounder
  • 23 career Big Ten Player of the Week Awards – a Big Ten record
  • 13-time Big Ten Player of the Week during the 2018-19 season – a Big Ten record
  • Led the nation in five categories, including points per game (27.8), field goal percentage (69.6), total points (1,001), field goals made (412), and double-doubles (33). Ranked second in defensive rebounds per game (11), and third in rebounds per game (13.4) and total rebounds (481).
  • Became the fourth NCAA women’s basketball student-athlete and first ever post player to score 1,000 or more points in a single season
  • Now owns 16 Iowa records (including class records)
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • NCAA Records
    • 33 double-doubles in a single-season (ties record)
    • Ranks fourth in career double-doubles (88)
    • Ranks fifth in NCAA History in field goal percentage (.656)
    • Ranks 14th all-time in rebounds (1,460)
  • Big Ten Records
    • Single Season
      • Points (1,001)
      • Rebounds (481)
      • Field goal percentage (.696)
      • Field goals made (412)
      • Double-doubles (33)
    • Career
      • Rebounds (1,460)
      • Field goal percentage (.656)
      • Double-doubles (88)
  • Iowa Records
    • Single Season
      • Points (1,001)
      • Rebounds (481)
      • Double-doubles (33)
      • Field goals made (412)
      • Field goals attempted (592)
      • Field goal percentage (.696)
    • Career
      • Points (2,804)
      • Rebounds (1,460)
      • Double-doubles (88)
      • Field goals made (1136)
  • In 2018, junior Megan Gustafson was named an All-American by seven outlets, including Sports Illustrated (first team), the Associated Press (second team), USBWA (second team), College Sports Madness (second team), USA Today (second team), ESPNW (third team), and WBCA (honorable mention)
  • Named the 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year (Media)
  • 4-time College Sports Madness Player of the Week during the 2017-18 season
  • Only player in the country that averaged over 25 points in 2018
  • Only player in the country that shot over 67 percent from the field in 2018

ELITE EIGHT

  • Iowa clinched its fourth appearance to the Elite Eight and its first since 1993 during the 2018-19 season; its first Elite Eight appearence in the Lisa Bluder Era.
  • Iowa defeated 15th-seeded Mercer (66-61) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before defeating 7th-seeded Missouri (68-52) in the second round to secure the second Sweet Sixteen berth for Bluder and her staff.
  • The Hawkeyes advanced to the Elite Eight with a 79-61 win over NC State, before being knocked out by 2019 NCAA Champions, Baylor.

CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN
Samantha Logic (2011-15)

  • Named a WBCA Division I Coaches All-American, USBWA All-American, ESPN Second Team All-American, and Third Team Association Press All-American.
  • Logic was the only player in NCAA History to accumulate at least 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals
  • Was 1-of-12 players in the country to be invited to the 2015 WNBA Draft
  • Selected with the 10th pick in the first round by the Atlanta Dream and was later traded to the San Antonio Stars
  • The second first round draft pick in Hawkeye history, joining Toni Foster (1997, Phoenix Mercury, 8th Pick)

AMONG THE BEST

  • Ally Disterhoft became Iowa’s all-time leading scorer on March 16, 2017 and is now ranked second behind Megan Gustafson
  • Disterhoft ended her career with 2,102 points – the third-most by any Hawkeye (male or female)
  • Disterhoft surpassed Cindy Haguejorde’s previous record of 2,059 (1976-80)
  • Disterhoft ended her career ranked in the top-15 in Hawkeye history in five categories; including career points, 3-point field goals, blocks, rebounds, and assists
  • She was named Iowa’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2015-16 and 2016-17, becoming the sixth Hawkeye in school history to earn the honor twice in her collegiate career
  • Became the ninth Hawkeye to earn Iowa’s Big Ten Medal of Honor and be named Female Athlete of the Year in the same season

SWEET SIXTEEN

  • Bluder guided the Hawkeyes to their sixth Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history and the first since 1996 in 2014-15
  • Iowa defeated 14th-seeded American (75-67) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before defeating 11th-seeded Miami (88-70) in the second round to secure the Sweet Sixteen berth at home on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • It marked the first Sweet Sixteen appearance for Bluder and her staff
  • Iowa finished the season with a 26-8 overall record, a runner-up finish in the Big Ten Conference with a 14-4 mark, and a No. 11 nationally ranking in the USA Today Top-25 Coaches’ Poll – the highest for the program since 1995-96 (No. 7 in AP, No. 9 in USA Today)
  • Iowa was one of 13 teams nationally to finish undefeated at home with an 18-0 mark, setting a program record for wins at home in a single season

TEAM USA COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Following the 2014-15 season, Bluder was named head coach of the U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team
  • Bluder led the Red, White, and Blue to four consecutive victories over Brazil, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Cuba before falling to host-Canada in the gold medal game
  • Team USA earned its fifth silver medal at the games, rebounding from a seventh-place finish in 2011
  • USA Basketball head coach Debbie Ryan chose Bluder as a USA assistant coach at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China. Team USA won the gold, defeating China 87-69. Team USA finished the games with a 7-1 mark

PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY

  • Sixteen former Hawkeyes under Bluder continued their playing careers professionally after graduation
  • Megan Gustafson was selected by the Dallas Wings with the 17th overall pick in the WNBA Draft in 2019
  • Cara Consuegra, Lindsey Meder, Crystal Smith, Kachine Alexander, Samantha Logic, and Megan Gustafson all played in the WNBA
  • Melissa Dixon, Smith, Alexander, Logic, Bethany Doolittle, Johanna Solverson, Kristi Smith, Megan Skouby, JoAnn Hamlin, Trisha Nesbitt, Morgan Johnson, and Theairra Taylor also played professionally in Europe
  • Hannah Stewart signed a contract with the Lakeside Lightning based in North Lake, Australia

BLUDER COACHING TREE

  • During Bluder’s tenure at Iowa, eight former players have gone on to become coaches at the collegiate level
  • Cara Consuegra (Charlotte) and Jennie (Lillis) Baranczyk (Drake) are currently Division I head coaches
  • Randi (Peterson) Henderson is the head coach at Division III Washington University (St. Louis)
  • Kachine Alexander is an assistant at Florida Atlantic University
  • Wendy (Ausdemore) Lausen served as an assistant at Coe for one season
  • Abby (Emmert) Stamp is an assistant coach and Kathryn Reynolds is the DIrector of Player Development for the Iowa women’s basketball team
  • Tania Davis was named graduate manager at Clemson in June 2019.

HEAD HAWKEYE

  • Bluder, alongside her husband David and daughter Hannah, was introduced as the Hawkeyes’ fifth head coach in front of a packed press room in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 7, 2000
  • The native of Marion, Iowa, came to Iowa after spending 10 successful seasons at Drake University

BLUDER AT DRAKE

  • Compiled a 187-106 (.638) record in 10 seasons at Drake
  • Led Drake to five, 20-plus-win seasons in the six years prior to coming to Iowa, including five post-season appearances
  • Guided the Bulldogs to eight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearances, reaching the semifinals six times and winning the tournament four times
  • Named the Conference Coach of the Year three times
  • Coached two Academic All-America Players of the Year in current Hawkeye associate head coach Jan Jensen (1991) and Tricia Wakely (1996)
  • Bulldogs ranked fourth in 1995 graduation rate success among teams ranked in the USA Today/CNN Final Top-25 Coaches’ Poll

BLUDER AT ST. AMBROSE

  • Compiled a 169-36 (.824) record in six seasons at NAIA St. Ambrose University
  • Guided the Bees to four straight national tournaments, including two consecutive Final Four appearances
  • 1990 St. Ambrose team was ranked No. 1
  • Named 1990 NAIA Converse Coach of the Year
  • Inducted into the St. Ambrose Hall of Fame in 2010

PERSONAL

  • Graduate of Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa
  • Inducted into the Linn-Mar Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Bluder was a three-year starter at Northern Iowa
  • Inducted into the Northern Iowa Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Graduated from UNI in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing
  • Bluder and her husband, David, have two daughters, Hannah and Emma, and one son, David