Iowa Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder has signed a one-year contract extension that cements her as head coach of the women’s basketball program at the University of Iowa through the 2019 basketball season, University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Thursday.
“Lisa Bluder has been a tremendous leader and mentor of the Hawkeye women’s basketball program for many years,” said Barta in a Hawkeye media release. “She is committed to continuing to work toward even more success in the future. We’re fortunate and grateful to have Lisa and her family at the University of Iowa.”
According to the release, Bluder is one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins and has coached the Hawkeyes to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six seasons. Iowa is the only Big Ten team and one of 13 nationally, to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six years.
“I feel honored that Gary (Barta) has entrusted me to lead this program well into the future,” said Bluder in the releasse. “I look forward to continuing to strive for success on and off of the floor. I am proud to be a part of the Hawkeye family.”
Bluder, a Marion, Iowa native, is in her 14th season as Iowa’s head coach and her 30th year overall, according to the release. With Bluder as coach, the Hawkeyes have advanced to 12 postseason appearances (10 NCAA and two WNIT). She needs just eight wins to surpass Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269) as Iowa’s all-time winningest coach. Her current record is 262-159 all-time as the Hawkeye head coach.