University of Iowa Athletics
P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Lisa Bluder

Lisa Bluder - Women's Basketball - University of Iowa Athletics


Lisa Bluder is in her 23rd year as the P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Women’s Basketball Coach. The position was endowed in 2021 by P. Sue Beckwith, MD, one of UI athletics’ most generous supporters. Sue Beckwith was a four-year letter winner with Iowa Women’s Basketball (1976-1980) and has earned three UI degrees; 1980 BS, 1984 MD, and 2015 MBA.

As the all-time winningest coach in program history, the Hawkeyes have advanced to 20 postseason appearances (16 NCAA and four WNIT) in 22 seasons, including NCAA Tournament berths in 12 of the last 14 seasons. Iowa advanced to the postseason in 14 consecutive seasons (12 NCAA and two WNIT) when a postseason tournament was held. The 2020 pandemic cut the 2019-20 season short, resulting in the sole missed tournament season.


  • 819-384 (.681) overall record
  • 463-242 (.657) 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) and is tied with Stringer for most wins over a Big Ten opponent
  • NCAA Division I women’s basketball’s 14th winningest coach (795 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 and the 2021-22 Hawkeyes to Iowa’s first ever Big Ten regular-season title and Big Ten Tournament Championship in the same year 
  • Led Iowa to 15, 20-win seasons in her 22 years, including 13 of the last 15 year
  • Took Iowa to its first Sweet Sixteen since 1996 in 2015, returning again in 2021, 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)
  • Three-time WBCA Regional Coach of the Year (2001, 2008, 2018, 2019)
  • Posted a winning record in 21 of her 22 years at Iowa, including 16 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

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  • 1-of-5 active Division I head coaches to win 815+ games
  • 1-of-14 women’s coaches to win 815+ contests
  • 1-of-25 coaches (men or women) to win 815+ games


  • Mentored 26 student-athletes to 62 All-Big Ten honors, including 23 first team picks, 19 second, 11 third, and nine honorable mention selections
  • Has had three Big Ten Players of the Year (Megan Gustafson, 2018, 2019, Kathleen Doyle 2020 and Caitlin Clark 2022), three Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners (Megan Skouby, 2006, Jaime Printy, 2010, and Caitlin Clark, 2021), two Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year recipients, 12 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 nine players to a total of 13 WBCA All-Region Team accolades
  • Led 10 players to a total of 13 All-America honors (including honorable mention honors)


  • Bluder coached the 2021-22 Hawkeyes to Iowa’s first Big Ten regular-season title and Big Ten Tournament Championship in the same season.
  • She led 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.


  • Student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten 125 times, including a program-best nine honorees in 2021 and 2022.
  • 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)
  • Caitlin Clark earned Academic All-America honors in 2022
  • 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)


  • As a sophomore Caitlin Clark was named Big Ten Player of the Year and earned unanimous first team All-Big Ten honors and added Big Ten Tournament MVP and Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors
  • Clark was named the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year and was the Dawn Staley Guard of the Year Award recipient – the first student-athlete to win the Dawn Staley Award in consecutive seasons as well as a finalist for the Naismith Award, WBCA Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award and Honda Sport Award
  • Earned Wooden Award All-America, first team AP All-America, USBWA All-America, WBCA All-America and All-Region accolades
  • Named first team CoSIDA Academic All-America
  • Finished sophomore season leading the country in assists per game (8.0), points per game (27.0), final points (863), free throws made (200), triple-doubles (5) and 30-point games (11) and ranked second in total assists (257), third in field goals made (286), fourth in free-throw attempts (227), 12th in 3-pointers made (91), 14th in 3-pointers per game (2.84), 18th in double-doubles (17) and free-throw percentage (88.1) and 19th in defensive rebounds per game (7.6)
  • Clark’s freshman season was capped off with being named WBCA Co-Freshman of the Year (March 30), The Athletic’s Co-Freshman of the Year (March 25), a Dawn Staley Award Finalists (March 7), to The Athletic All-America Team (March 25), and to the WBCA All-Region Team (March 24). She earned USBWA Tamika Catchings National Freshman of the Week (Jan. 5, Feb. 17, Feb. 23, and March 2), NCAA Starting Five (Dec. 9, Dec. 30, Feb. 17, March 3), and ESPN National Player of the Week (Dec. 14) honors — the first Big Ten freshman to earn the award.
  • During her freshman campaign, Clark averaged 26.6 points, 7.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game in 30 games, setting the Iowa freshman record with 26.6 points per game (men’s or women’s), recording the fourth-highest points per game in single-season in Iowa history (men’s or women’s), and was the 2020-21 NCAA Division I scoring leader (men’s or women’s).


  • 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


  • Iowa clinched its fourth appearance to the Elite Eight and its first since 1993 during the 2018-19 season; its first Elite Eight appearance 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.


  • Bluder guided the Hawkeyes to their sixth Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history and the first since 1996 in 2015 and has returned twice since (2019, 2021).
  • 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


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).
  • Finished senior season in the top-50 nationally in five statistical categories, including sixth in the nation in total assists (189), seventh in assists per game (6.3), 19th in free throws made (147), 37th in total points (544), and 49th in points per game (18.1). She led the Big Ten in total assists and assists per game and ranked third in free throws attempted (186) and free-throws made.

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)


  • 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


  • Sixteen former Hawkeyes under Bluder continued their playing careers professionally after graduation
  • Kathleen Doyle was selected by the Indiana Fever as the 14th overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft and now plays for the Chicago Sky
  • Megan Gustafson was selected by the Dallas Wings with the 17th overall pick in the WNBA Draft in 2019 and now plays for the Phoenix Mercury
  • Cara Consuegra, Lindsey Meder, Crystal Smith, Kachine Alexander, Samantha Logic, Megan Gustafson and Kathleen Doyle all played in the WNBA
  • Melissa Dixon, Smith, Alexander, Logic, Bethany Doolittle, Johanna Solverson, Kristi Smith, Megan Skouby, JoAnn Hamlin, Trisha Nesbitt, Morgan Johnson, Theairra Taylor, Gustafson and Doyle also played professionally in Europe
  • Hannah Stewart signed a contract with the Lakeside Lightning based in North Lake, Australia


  • 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 (Oklahoma) 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 assistant coach at Nebraska-Omaha in September 2021
  • Alexis Sevillian was named graduate manager at Arkansa and Zion Sanders was named graduate assistant at Tennessee in 2021.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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