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Mens Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery

“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

One of just 12 Division I head coaches to take four different programs to the NCAA Tournament.

Accumulated 16 upper division conference finishes in 20 seasons as a head coach, including the last 4 seasons in the Big Ten (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016).

McCaffery coached teams have advanced to postseason play 8 of the last 9 years (6 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.

Since McCaffery’s arrival at Iowa in 2010, Carver-Hawkeye Arena attendance has increased over 50%.

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 last 3 NCAA Tournaments (2014, 2015, 2016).

Iowa was ranked the final 12 weeks of the 2016 season, climbing as high as No. 3 on Jan. 25, 2016 — its highest national ranking since 1987.

Won 5 conference tournament championships as a head coach. Posted eight 20+ win seasons the last 10 years.

Players love coach McCaffery’s up-tempo style of play.

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.

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Up-tempo, attack the basket, exciting brand of basketball

“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


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Home court advantage supported by basketball-crazy Hawkeye fans

“The best crowd at any game that I called in 2013-14 was Iowa versus Notre Dame (in Iowa City); it was a ‘Blackout’ and rocking.”

- ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Sean Farnham

“All you have to do is bring kids into this arena and if they can’t get turned on by the beauty of the arena and the excitement of Big Ten basketball, then there is something wrong.”

- ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Dick Vitale

“This place is deafening.  I think this is the loudest building in college basketball.  I have never heard the sound level like it is in here.”

- ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Mike Patrick

“Carver-Hawkeye Arena is one of the best collegiate basketball arenas and after the $47 million face lift, it is one of the finest overall facilities in the country.  Fans are actively involved from the first to last row, making it intimidating for the visiting team. Hawkeye fans make Carver-Hawkeye Arena a special place; our team feeds off their energy and enthusiasm.”

- Iowa Head Coach, Fran McCaffery

Carver-Hawkeye Arena is one of the finest facilities for basketball in the world and one of the 25 largest university-owned arenas in America.


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Fans love their Hawkeye basketball and they continue to make Carver-Hawkeye Arena one of the most intimidating arenas for opponents. Last season Iowa averaged 14,101 fans, an average that ranked 20th best in the country. It marked the 21st time in the program’s history that the Hawkeyes ranked in the top 20 in national attendance.
“Our fan base is incredible and this ranking is a reflection of the phenomenal support our fans give us every home game,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “We are extremely thankful and proud to play in front of such knowledgeable and passionate fans.”
Both the players and fans enjoy the atmosphere in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In preparation for game day the player enjoy first-class facilities. The arena renovation project completed in 2011 included the following upgrades:

  • 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

Iowa City – A Vibrant College Town Nestled in the Heart of the Midwest

“Iowa City is one of the greatest college campuses in the country. I love coming to Iowa City.”

- ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Mark Jones


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“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.


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.

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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.


The NBA and the Iowa Hawkeye Legacy

“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

Reggie Evans

Undrafted 13-year NBA Veteran (Has Played for 7 NBA Teams)

BJ Armstrong

NBA All-Star and Three-Time NBA Champion

Don Nelson

NBA All-Time Winningest Coach and part of Five NBA Champion Teams

Bob Hansen

NBA Champion and Current Iowa Basketball Radio Analyst

Ryan Bowen

11-Year NBA and Professional Career Overseas

Brad Lohaus

Played in 11 NBA Seasons for Eight Different Teams

Ricky Davis

First-round NBA Draft Pick of Charlotte Hornets (Played for 7 NBA Teams)

Matt Bullard

Undrafted 11-year NBA Veteran, Currently does Color Commentary for the Houston Rockets


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Big Ten is Big Time

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 six seasons, including one team advancing to the Final Four, four of those six years. The Big Ten has led the nation in attendance each year since 1977, a streak of 30 seasons. In each of the past 24 years, well over two million fans have watched Big Ten basketball games, including topping three million fans in 2015 and 2016.

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.

Seeing the World, Hawkeye Style

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 City, Orlando, South Padre, and the Virgin Islands to name a few destinations.