“You have to love what coach McCaffery has going at the University of Iowa. He continues to create interest on a national level. They play a great style of basketball; they press, they run and shoot 3’s. Fran McCaffery is a coach who lets his guys play.”
- ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Miles Simon
Accumulated 15 upper division conference finishes in 19 seasons as a head coach, including the last 3 seasons in the Big Ten (2013, 2014, and 2015).
McCaffery coached teams have advanced to postseason play 7 of the last 8 years (5 NCAA Tournaments & 2 NIT).
Recruited and/or coached six players that ultimately were NBA draft picks, including 2014 and 2015 second-round picks Devyn Marble and Aaron White, respectively.
Guided Iowa to 25 wins, equaling the second most in school history, and an NIT runner-up finish in 2012. McCaffery’s Hawkeyes competed in the 2014 & 2015 NCAA Tournaments.
Iowa was ranked for 16 consecutive weeks in both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll, climbing as high as No. 10 on Jan. 10, 2014.
Won 5 conference tournament championships as a head coach. Posted seven 20+ win seasons the last nine years.
In 2014, Iowa averaged 81.5 points per game, a scoring output that was tops in the Big Ten and 10th nationally.
First hired as a head coach at the age of 26 at Lehigh in 1985; has over 30 years of collegiate coaching experience.Coach's Full Bio Play Video
“You can’t key in on one guy with Iowa; they’re all good. You really have to guard everybody.”
- Former NBA Coach and NBC Network Basketball Analyst, Stan Van Gundy
Playing with passion and a love of the game: pushing the ball and aggressively attacking the basket; finding the open teammate; changing defense and disrupting the rhythm of the opponents; sinking the open 3-pointer; and helping out teammates. When you add those components together, they add up to Iowa basketball, a style of basketball that is all-out fun for 40 minutes, a style of play that is exciting to watch, but more importantly, a style of basketball that players love to play.
“I believe Hawkeye fans enjoy our style of basketball. We play an up-tempo style, push the ball, attack the basket and catch the defense off balance. We want to score in the 80’s and 90’s. Defensively, we change defenses and disrupt rhythm. We want to give Hawkeye fans an exciting style of basketball to watch every year. Our players have fun and enjoy what they do on the floor.”
- Head Coach Fran McCaffery
- ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Sean Farnham
- ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Dick Vitale
- ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Mike Patrick
- Iowa Head Coach, Fran McCaffery
- Multi-court practice complex attached to arena
- State-of-the-art, 12,000-square foot strength and conditioning center
- New locker rooms and additional locker room space
- New coaches offices adjacent to practice complex
“I think most people around the country would be really surprised, if they haven’t been to Iowa City, to come here and see how cosmopolitan it is, how many things there are to do here. The people could not be nicer.”
- NBC Sports Basketball Broadcaster, Terry Gannon
“Iowa City is one of the 10 most literate and enlightened towns in the nation. This city, set on the winding Iowa River, is a pocket of sophistication with the feel of small-town America. Some of the happiest people in the world live in Iowa City.”
- Outside Magazine
Iowa City, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes, has long been considered one of the truly great college towns in America and annually ranks as one of the best sports cities in America, according to the annual ratings released each summer by The Sporting News. Iowa City has been referred to as a hidden gem of the Midwest.Downtown
The University of Iowa boasts a student population that includes young men and women from all 50 states and more than 110 foreign countries. With this type of diversity, the community offers the advantages of a larger city within the convenient, safe and friendly atmosphere of a smaller town.Iowa City
Iowa City’s climate allows one to experience all four seasons and the many things each has to offer. Fall brings some temperate weather and some very beautiful colors across the Iowa landscape. As spring begins, walkers and cyclists take to the streets along the many miles of biking and walking paths in the area.Coralville
“Playing in the Big Ten as a member of the basketball team at the University of Iowa enhanced my opportunities for an NBA career.”
- NBA Champion and Iowa Graduate, BJ Armstrong
“The Big Ten was rated the No. 1 conference in the country when I played at Iowa and is still considered the premier league to NBA scouts.”
- All-time NBA Winningest Coach and Iowa Graduate, Don Nelson
The Iowa basketball program has been well represented in the NBA championship for decades. In fact, former Hawkeyes have won 13 world championships while in the NBA! From point guards to the big guys in the middle, Iowa basketball continues to prepare its student-athletes for an opportunity to compete in the NBA and professional basketball leagues around the world. 53 NBA Draft picks have come from the University of Iowa, including Devyn Marble to the Orlando Magic and Aaron White to the Washington Wizards in the 2014 and 2015 drafts, respectively. The NBA’s all-time winningest coach, Don Nelson, is also an Iowa graduate. Nelson was part of five NBA champion teams with the Boston Celtics.
Roy Devyn Marble
2014 NBA Draft Pick Orlando Magic
Undrafted 13-year NBA Veteran (Has Played for 7 NBA Teams)
NBA All-Star and Three-Time NBA Champion
NBA All-Time Winningest Coach and part of Five NBA Champion Teams
NBA Champion and Current Iowa Basketball Radio Analyst
11-Year NBA and Professional Career Overseas
Played in 11 NBA Seasons for Eight Different Teams
First-round NBA Draft Pick of Charlotte Hornets (Played for 7 NBA Teams)
Undrafted 11-year NBA Veteran, Currently does Color Commentary for the Houston Rockets
The Big Ten Conference personifies big-time college basketball. The Big Ten has always been considered one of the premier basketball leagues in America. The Big Ten has had six or more teams to the NCAA Tournament each of the last five seasons, including one team advancing to the Final Four, four of those five years. The Big Ten has led the nation in attendance each year since 1977, a streak of 29 seasons. In each of the past 23 years, well over two million fans have watched Big Ten basketball games, including topping three million fans in 2015.
Last year, Iowa ranked 20th in the country in attendance, marking the 21st time in the program’s history, and second straight year, the Hawkeyes were ranked in the top 20. Big Ten student-athletes garner extensive media exposure on TV, newspapers, web sites, social media, etc. In addition to games being televised on the Big Ten Network, games are also shown nationally on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. Every Iowa game is either televised or streamed digitally online.
As a member of the basketball program at the University of Iowa, education often expands beyond the classroom to various parts of the United States and the world. Student-athletes at Iowa travel to premiere basketball tournaments around the world in first-class accommodations.
Over the last decade, the Iowa basketball team has visited the Bahamas, Cancun, Greece, Las Vegas, London, Paris, the French Riviera, Maui, New York, South Padre, and the Virgin Islands to name a few destinations.