Associate Head Coach
Jan Jensen completed her 17th season with the Iowa women's basketball staff in 2017, her 14th as associate head coach. A nationally known presence on the recruiting scene, Jensen serves as the recruiting coordinator and also works with the post players. Jensen completed her 28th season in women's college basketball as a player and coach in 2016.
The native of Kimballton, Iowa, has helped guide Iowa to 16 postseason appearances, including 12 NCAA Tournament berths. Iowa has appeared in the postseason in each of the last 10 seasons (eight NCAA and two WNIT). During her time at Iowa, the Hawkeyes have claimed the 2001 Big Ten Tournament championship and the 2008 Big Ten regular season title. She has also helped lead Iowa to 11 upper division finishes in the Big Ten and its first trip to the Sweet Sixteen since 1996 in 2015.
Jensen is integral in developing and maintaining top-level recruiting classes at Iowa. Jensen helped Iowa land the 11th best recruiting class in the country in 2011, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. In 2001, Jensen spearheaded Iowa's efforts in landing the eighth-best recruiting class in the nation according to the Blue Star Index. In 2008, Jensen and the Hawkeyes garnered the 33rd best recruiting class, according to ESPN HoopGurlz, and in 2014, Iowa landed the 28th-best class nationally, according to Blue Star Basketball. Iowa followed its Sweet Sixteen season with a 17th-best class ranking nationally in 2015 by ESPN HoopGurlz. Most recently, Jensen solidified in the 18th-best class of 2016, according to Blue Star Basketball.
Jensen has recruited three McDonald's All-Americans to Iowa (Samantha Logic, Lindsay Richards and Johanna Solverson).
Under Jensen's tutelage, Hawkeye post players have received numerous honors. She has coached eight players to a total of 16 All-Big Ten honors, including three first team selections. Megan Skouby was named the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the 2008 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, while Jennie Lillis was a 2003 Kodak All-District selection. Skouby, along with Krista VandeVenter, were also invited to the U.S.A. Team Trials during their time at Iowa.
Most recently, Jensen mentored sophomore Megan Gustafson to first team All-Big Ten honors in 2017. Gustafson also earned Big Ten All-Freshman accolades in 2016. Gustafson finished the season ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage (64.7), 10th in double-doubles (18), 11th in field goals made (260) and rebounds (343), 25th in rebounds per game (10.1), 26th in defensive rebounds per game (7), and 28th in final points (628). Gustafson set a new single-season rebounding record against Missouri State on March 16, 2017. She ended the season with 343 rebounds, shattering the previous record of 206 set by Amy Herrig in 1999. Gustafson became the fourth Hawkeye in program history to score over 600 points in a single season and the first to accomplish the feat since 1990.
Jensen guided Bethany Doolittle to back-to-back second team All-Big Ten honors and Big Ten All-Tournament Team accolades in 2014 and 2015. She ended her career second all-time in blocks (278) and is the single-season blocks leader (106). In the Big Ten, Doolittle is eighth in career blocks.
Jensen coached Morgan Johnson to numerous accolades, including two second team All-Big Ten honors. Under Jensen's guidance, Johnson became Iowa's career blocks leader and finished inside the top 10 in career scoring and rebounds at Iowa.
In 2014, Jensen coached Bethany Doolittle to second-team All-Big Ten and All-Defensive team honors, as Doolittle set a new program single-season record for blocks (106) while leading the conference in the category.
In 2009-10, Iowa's post players broke school records for rebounding and blocked shots. Morgan Johnson broke the school mark for single-season blocks, while the team broke the school record for single-season rebounding.
Before becoming a Hawkeye, Jensen also served as Coach Bluder's first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Drake University. Her recruiting efforts were enough to land the Bulldogs two top-13 and two top-40 classes.
As a player, Jensen was one of the best Bluder ever coached at Drake. During her senior year, she led the nation in scoring with 29.6 points per game and was the Gateway Conference Most Valuable Player. That year, she was a Kodak Honorable Mention All-American, a member of the All-Gateway team and the GTE Academic All-American Player of the Year. Jensen was also Sports Illustrated's National Player of the Week.
She currently ranks fourth on Drake's all-time scoring list (1,996), sixth in field goal percentage (.535) and eighth in rebounds (.750). Jensen is one of only two Drake players to have her number retired in the Knapp Center.
After college, Jensen played professionally in the European Professional Basketball League for BTV-Wuppertal in Germany. She played there from 1992-93 and helped her club win the German Club Championship. She then returned to the United States to begin her coaching career.
In 1993, Jensen was inducted to the Iowa Girls High School Basketball Hall of Fame after leading the nation in scoring, averaging 66 points per contest her senior campaign. Couple that with averaging 29.6 points per game her senior year at Drake, Jensen is one of the few players who can say they led the nation in scoring both in high school and at a Division I university.
Jensen graduated from Drake in 1991 with a degree in Public Relations. She earned her Master's in Higher Education five years later.
In February 2007, Jensen received the Drake Double D Award. The award is presented annually to Drake letterwinners for achievements in their chosen field or endeavor and/or community service since leaving Drake. The Double D Award is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes.
Off the court, Jensen is a leader in fundraising for the United Way of Johnson County. The 2006 campaign totaled over $2 million -- with a nine percent increase in donations and a 9.7 percent increase in the number of donations. In 2006, she was a recipient of the Corridor Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award. In March 2007, Jensen was named the United Way of Johnson County Volunteer of the Year for her leadership of the Emerging Philanthropists Society and the Healthy Kids School-based Clinics Initiative. She served as a co-chair for this year's United Way fundraising campaign -- the campaign totaled over $2.5 million -- and has served on the United Way board and the Shelterhouse board, in addition to working with other groups in the Iowa City community.
In the spring of 2014, Jensen was named a recipient of the `Women of Influence' Award by the Corridor Business Journal. The `Women of Influence' awards identify women who have made a difference in the Corridor and who are representative role models as leaders in their fields and community.
Jensen and her partner Julie Fitzpatrick, have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Janie.
Associate Head Coach
Jenni Fitzgerald enters her 18th year as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa and her first year as associate head coach in 2017. Fitzgerald is in her 31st season in women's college basketball as a player and coach.
The native of Long Grove, Iowa, has helped guide Iowa to 16 postseason appearances, including 12 NCAA Tournament berths. Iowa has earned 10 consecutive postseason invitations (eight NCAA and two WNIT). During her time at Iowa, the Hawkeyes have claimed the 2001 Big Ten Tournament championship and the 2008 Big Ten regular season title. She has also helped lead Iowa to 11 upper division finishes in the Big Ten, and its first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 1996 in 2015.
Fitzgerald is responsible for off-campus recruiting and coaches the perimeter players for the Hawkeyes. She also handles most of the film breakdown, scouting and directs the summer basketball camps.
Under Fitzgerald's tutelage, Iowa's perimeter players have garnered numerous awards. She has coached 13 players to a total of 29 All-Big Ten honors, including 10 first team selections and the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Jaime Printy). Melissa Dixon was also named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year in 2013. Fitzgerald has also mentored six players that received all-district honors and four honorable mention All-Americans (Cara Consuegra, Kachine Alexander, Printy, and Samantha Logic). In 2016, freshman Tania Davis was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Fitzgerald coached her first consensus All-American in Samantha Logic, who earned the honor after being named a WBCA Division I Coaches All-American, USBWA All-American, ESPN Second Team All-American, and Third Team Associated Press All-American. Logic -- the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals -- was one of 12 players in the country to be invited to attend the 2015 WNBA Draft. The point guard was selected with the 10th pick in the first round by the Atlanta Dream, and was later traded to the San Antonio Stars. Logic is only the second first round draft pick in Hawkeye history, joining Toni Foster (1997 by the Phoenix Mercury -- 8th pick).
The Hawkeyes have broken numerous school records during Fitzgerald's time at Iowa. In 2009-10, Iowa shattered both the single season and Big Ten record for three-pointers made and attempted and tied single season marks for assists, three-pointers made in a single game and free throw percentage. Iowa set the school record for team assists in 2012-13 (534), before shattering the record in 2013-14 (644). The Hawkeyes also set the school record for scoring offense in 2013-14 (78.2), leading the league in scoring while scoring the second-most points in a season in Big Ten history (2,814). For the second consecutive season, the Hawkeyes broke the scoring offense school record averaging 79.5 points per game in 2014-15. Melissa Dixon was crowned the NCAA statistical champion in 2014-15 after leading all Division I players in 3-point field goals per game (3.65). She is the Iowa record holder in career 3-pointers made (334), 3-pointers made in a season (124), and 3-pointers made in a game (10). Dixon also set or tied arena records for most 3-pointers in a game in at least five venues this season (Drake, Rutgers, Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa). Individually, Wendy Ausdemore broke or tied seven school records in her four years at Iowa while Kristi Smith became the first Hawkeye ever to amass over 400 points and 100 assists in three seasons. In 2009-10, Kachine Alexander set new school records in free throws made and attempted in a single season, Kamille Wahlin tied the school record for three-pointers made and set a new mark for three-pointers attempted and also became the first player in school history to record 400 career assists and 200 made 3-pointers. Kachine Alexander became the first player in school history, and just the fifth in Big Ten history, to collect 1,000 career points, 800 career rebounds and 300 career assists. Jaime Printy finished her career ranked inside the top 10 in points, 3-pointers made and assists at Iowa, while also setting numerous single-game, season and career free throw marks.
All-American Samantha Logic surpassed Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) as Iowa's all-time assists leader and became the 31st 1,000-point scorer in program history during the 2013-14 campaign. Logic, the Big Ten leader in assists, notched three triple-doubles, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season.
Four former Hawkeye guards that Fitzgerald coached continued their playing careers in the WNBA, including Cara Consuegra, Lindsey Meder, Crystal Smith, Kachine Alexander, and Samantha Logic.
Fitzgerald is very familiar with both Lisa Bluder and fellow assistant Jan Jensen, both of whom she coached with for eight years at Drake University prior to coming to Iowa.
While at Drake, Fitzgerald worked with the guards, directed summer camps and handled the administrative duties for the Bulldog basketball program from 1993-2000.
From 1986-91, Fitzgerald was the starting point guard for the Drake Bulldogs. She was a teammate of fellow Hawkeye assistant coach Jan Jensen. As a senior, Fitzgerald served as her team's captain and was named to the All-Gateway Conference first team. As a junior, Fitzgerald was her team's Most Valuable Player.
Fitzgerald graduated from Drake in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a management major. In January 2009, Fitzgerald was one of three former Drake student-athletes to receive the Drake Double D Award. The award is presented annually to Drake letterwinners for achievements in their chosen field or endeavor and/or community service since leaving Drake. The Double D Award is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes.
After graduation, Fitzgerald completed her Master of Science degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Sport Management, from Southern Illinois University in 1992. While at Southern Illinois, Fitzgerald was a graduate assistant with the Salukis.
In high school, Fitzgerald was Iowa's Female Athlete of the Year in 1986 after being named Miss Basketball and first team all-state in basketball, volleyball and softball. In 1995, she was inducted into the Iowa Girl's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Fitzgerald is the daughter of Bob and Jan Fitzgerald. She has an older sister, Robin, and younger brother, Randy.
Raina Harmon was named assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Iowa, head coach Lisa Bluder announced May 30, 2017.
"We are so excited to welcome Raina to our Hawkeye staff and family," said Bluder. "She was an integral part of the success that Central Michigan achieved, and I'm excited to have her now impact our program on and off the court. Raina's positive outlook and passion is evident in all realms, and I am thrilled she is now a Hawkeye."
Harmon spent the last five seasons (2012-2017) as an assistant coach at Central Michigan where her primary responsibilities included perimeter player development, academics, and scouting. In Harmon's five years at CMU, the Chippewas registered a combined 99-61 overall record. The Detroit native helped guide CMU to a 2017 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Regular Season Championship, 2013 MAC Championship, three MAC West titles (2014, 2016, 2017), an NCAA Tournament berth (2013), and three WNIT appearances.
"I'm really excited," said Harmon. "I didn't know Coach Bluder super well prior to the hire, but during my interview process I could tell that she and her staff were very genuine. The fact that they are all from Iowa made me feel comfortable about moving to Iowa City. I'm excited about joining a staff as storied as Iowa's.
"Growing up in the Midwest, I've always been intrigued by the Big Ten, so the opportunity to coach in the conference is really exciting. The way Coach Bluder runs her program and the mantra of the entire athletic department -- Win, Graduate, and Do it Right -- is exactly what I stand for. To align their values with mine is really special."
Prior to her stint at CMU, Harmon served as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at Michigan from 2010-12, where she assisted the coaching staff with all administrative aspects of the program. Before Michigan, Harmon spent a season as an assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School in Detroit.
Harmon played for Central Michigan from 2001-04. In 2003, she received the Dee Pommerenk Sportsmanship Award. Harmon also served as the president of the student-athlete advisory committee in 2003-04.
Harmon earned a bachelor's degree in sports studies from CMU in 2004. She earned her master's degree in sports administration from Wayne State in 2009.
"I'm ready to get started with the staff and the program," Harmon added. "It's a good team, a good program, and I'm excited to get to work."
Director of Operations
Ugo Nwaigwe is in her first season with the Iowa women's basketball program. Nwaigwe was hired as the director of operations in July of 2019.
THE NWAIGWE FILE
- Works closely with the Hawkeye basketball staff, helping coordinate and carry out day-to-day activities of the program
- Responsible for arranging team travel and activities, supervising public service opportunities for the team, and coordinating summer camps and training tables
PRIOR TO IOWA
- Nwaigwe joined the Hawkeyes after spending 2018-19 as an assistant women's basketball coach at Graceland University.
- Helped the Jackets to a 13-17 overall record, marking the most wins for the program since the 2011-12 season.
- The Jackets opened the season with a 9-1 record – the best start to a season in program history.
- While at Graceland, Nwaigwe assisted in all aspects of the women's basketball program, including recruiting, skill development, scouting, student-athlete development, and travel coordination.
- Nwaigwe played professionally overseas in Nigeria, Spain, Angola, Portugal, and Argentina.
- Nigerian National team member in 2016 and 2017.
- She was a 2018 AfroCup Bronze Medalist with the First Bank Club of Nigeria, a 2017 African National Champion with the Nigerian Women's Senior National Team, and a member of the 2016 Nigerian Women's Senior National Team.
AS A STUDENT-ATHLETE
- In college, she helped guide her team to the WNIT Elite Eight (2016) and the American Athletic Conference semifinals (2016).
- In 2014, she was named to the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In high school, Nwaigwe was a McDonald All-American nominee.
- Nwaigwe is a 2016 Temple University master's graduate with a degree in globalization and development communications
- She obtained her bachelor's degree in 2015 from Wagner College in sociology, government and politics.
Director of Player Development
Kathryn Reynolds is in her first year as director of basketball operations for the University of Iowa women's basketball program.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native works closely with the Hawkeye basketball staff, helping coordinate and carry out day-to-day activities of the program. Reynolds is responsible for arranging team travel and activities, supervising public service opportunities for the team and coordinating summer camps and training tables.
Reynolds was a letterwinner at Iowa from 2011-15. The 2015 co-captain played a pivotal role in Iowa's first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 1996. Reynolds was a three-time academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Reynolds was awarded the WBCA's Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship in 2015 and named to the WBCA Allstate Good Works Team in 2014.
Reynolds graduated with a business management degree from the University of Iowa in 2015 and earned her Law Degree from the University of Iowa in 2017 before taking over as director of basketball operations.
Reynolds is the daughter of Marie and Terry Reynolds, and has one brother, Jonathan.
Abby Stamp (Emmert)
Director of Player Development
Abby (Emmert) Stamp is in her ninth year with the Iowa women's basketball program. After spending eight seasons as Iowa's director of operations, Stamp was promoted to director of player development in 2017.
The Winterset, Iowa, native works closely with Iowa student-athletes, helping them develop into strong leaders and role models in the Iowa City community. Stamp assists the basketball staff in the day-to-day activities of the program.
Stamp is also Iowa's chief scheduler, helping to build one of the most exciting and demanding schedules in the country for the Hawkeye program.
Stamp was a member of the Iowa women's basketball team from 2005-08. She was named team co-captain in 2008, and helped lead the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten regular season championship. Stamp also received the Dr. Christine Grant Leadership Award for women's basketball as a senior.
Stamp played in 123 career games as a Hawkeye, including 22 starts. Her 123 games played are the tied for the fourth-most of any player in Iowa women's basketball history.
She scored 299 career points, collected 144 rebounds and dished out 177 assists. She scored a career-high 17 points against Iowa State as a junior in 2006.
Stamp graduated with a communications studies degree from the University of Iowa in 2008, and worked for the United Way of East Central Iowa before taking over as director of basketball operations.
Stamp married her husband, Quinn, in the summer of 2015.
Ryan Gruebel is in his first season as Video Coordinator and Creative Director at Iowa. He oversees the video needs of the program, assists coaches with opponent scouts, and creates recruit mailings. Prior to his arrival, he was Assistant Director of Operations at California, Berkeley in 2016-2017, his second season with the program. A Columbus, Ohio native, Gruebel attended The Ohio State University, where he was a Student Manager under Hall of Fame Coach Jim Foster with the Women's Basketball program from 2010-2013. In his last year, he served as Head Manager of the program. After completing his undergraduate education, he attended Eastern Illinois University, where he was a Graduate Assistant with the Women's Basketball team from 2013-2015.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Lindsay Dinkelman joined the University of Iowa Olympic strength & conditioning staff in July 2012. Dinkelman is responsible for women's basketball, women's gymnastics and women's tennis. She came to Iowa from Purdue University where she served as a Sports Performance assistant. While at Purdue she oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for women's golf, women's tennis, women's swimming, men's and women's diving along with assisting with women's soccer.
Dinkelman earned a master's of science and bachelor's of science degree from Illinois State University. As an undergrad she competed for the Redbird swim team and went on to become a graduate assistant strength & conditioning coach. During her time at Illinois State, Dinkelman worked with numerous teams, including men's tennis, track & field, women's golf, women's basketball and football.
Dinkelman is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association, USAW Level 1 Club Coach from USA Weightlifting as well as CPR/AED certified. She is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition.