Head Coach Lisa Bluder

Head Coach Lisa Bluder

Lisa Bluder

Head Coach

Lisa Bluder, the all-time winningest coach in program history, is in her 19th year as head women's basketball coach at the University of Iowa and her 35th year overall. Under her direction, the Hawkeyes have advanced to 17 postseason appearances (13 NCAA and four WNIT) in 18 seasons, including NCAA Tournament berths in nine of the last 11 seasons. Iowa has advanced to the postseason in 11 consecutive seasons (nine NCAA and two WNIT).


  • 723-352 (.673) overall record
  • 367-210 (.636) 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)
  • Dean of the Big Ten Coaches
  •  Led Iowa to 11, 20-win seasons in her 18 years, including nine of the last 11 years
  • 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)
  • Posted a winning record in 17 of her 18 years at Iowa, including 12 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-10 active Division I head coaches to win 700+ games
  • 1-of-29 women's coaches to win 700+ contests
  • 1-of-80 coaches (men or women) to win 700+ games


  • Mentored 21 players to 51 All-Big Ten honors, including 15 first team picks, 17 second, 11 third, and eight honorable mention selections
  • Has had one Big Ten Player of the Year (Megan Gustafson, 2018), two Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners, two Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year recipients, nine 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 six players to a total of eight WBCA All-Region Team accolades
  • Led seven players to a total of 12 All-America honors (including honorable mention honors)


  • 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


  • At Iowa, student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten 92 times, including a program-best eight honorees in 2011 and 2012
  • Ally Disterhoft (2013-17) was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for the second consecutive season in 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)
  • Samantha Logic earned Academic All-American distinction in 2015
  • In 2015, Iowa was the only Division I women's basketball team to have two student-athletes honors (Disterhoft, Logic)


  • 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)


  • 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)
  • Two-time first team All-Big Ten honoree
  • 2017-2018 John R. Wooden Award National Ballot, Late Season Top-20, and Midseason Top-25
  • 2017-18 Lisa Leslie Award Top-10 Finalist
  • 2017-18 Naismith Trophy Watch List, Late Season Top-30
  • 9-time Big Ten Player of the Week during the 2017-18 season – a Big Ten single season record
  • 6-time Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll during the 2017-18 season
  • 4-time College Sports Madness Player of the Week during the 2017-18 season
  • NCAA Statistical Champion in points per game (25.7), field goal percentage (67.1), and field goals made (320)
  • Finished the 2017-18 season ranked in the top-9 nationally in nine statistical categories. She led the nation in points per game (25.7), field goal percentage (67.1), and field goals made (320), ranked third in double-double (28) and total points (823), fourth in defensive rebounds per game (9), fifth in rebounds per game (12.8), sixth in total rebounds (411), and ninth in free throws made (183)
  • One of only two NCAA women's basketball players in the last 10 years to average 24 or more points and 12 or more rebounds (Chiney Ogwumike, 2014)
  • 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
  • 2017-18 Single-season school records:
    • Points: 823 – besting the previous mark of 672 set by Cindy Haugejorde in 1980
    • Rebounds: 411 – shattering her own record of 343 set last season
    • Field goals made: 320 – breaking the previous mark of 283 set by Cindy Haugejorde in 1980
    • Field goal percentage: 67.1 percent – edging the previous mark of 67.0 percent set by Cathy Marx in 1991-92
    • Free Throws Made: 183 – breaking the previous record of 148 set by Kachine Alexander in 2010-11
    • Free Throws Attempted: 227 – beating the previous record of 199 set by Kachine Alexander in 2010-11
    • Double-doubles: 28 – besting her previous record of 18
  • Junior Season Records
    • Points in a junior season: 823 – Ally Disterhoft set the previous record of 565 in 2015-16
    • Rebounds in a junior season: 411 – Kachine Alexander held the previous record of 281
  • Career school records:
    • Double-doubles: 55 – broke the previous record of 35 set by Sam Logic from 2011-15. Also broke the men's basketball record of 48 set by Kevin Kunnert from 1971-73
    • Currently ranks second on Iowa's career-rebounding list with 979 rebounds. She needs 89 to break the rebounding record of 1,067 set by Cindy Haugejorde from 1976-80
    • Ranks sixth on Iowa's all-time career scoring chart. She needs 300 points to break the all-time career scoring record currently held by Ally Disterhoft (2013-17)
  • 2017-18 Single game records:
    • Points: 48 vs. Minnesota on March 2 – bested the previous record of 46 set by Crystal Smith in 2005
    • Field goals made: 19 vs. Minnesota on March 2 – breaking the previous mark of 17 set by Amy Herrig in 1999


  • Ally Disterhoft became Iowa's all-time leading scorer of March 16, 2017
  • Disterhoft ended her career with 2,102 points – the second-most by any Hawkeye (male or female)
  • Disterhoft surpassed Cindy Haguejorde's previous record of 2,059 (1976-80)
  • Disterhoft ended her career ranked in the top-15 in Hawkeye history in five categories; including career points, 3-point field goals, blocks, rebounds, and assists
  • She was named Iowa's Female Athlete of the Year for 2015-16 and 2016-17, becoming the sixth Hawkeye in school history to earn the honor twice in her collegiate career
  • Became the ninth Hawkeye to earn Iowa's Big Ten Medal of Honor and be named Female Athlete of the Year in the same season


  • Bluder guided the Hawkeyes to their sixth Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history and the first since 1996 in 2014-15
  • 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 un 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


  • 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


Wins Date Opponent Score
100 1988         Midland Lutheran 67-65 *
200 1/7/93 Illinois State 67-62 #
300 1/22/98 Evansville 90-71 #
400 12/4/02 Iowa State 64-39 ^
500 2/10/08 Penn State 73-65 ^
600 1/20/13 Purdue 62-46 ^
700 11/10/17 Quinnipiac 83-67 ^

*- recorded at St. Ambrose
#- recorded at Drake
^- recorded at Iowa


  • Fourteen former Hawkeyes under Bluder continued their playing careers professionally after graduation
  • Cara Consuegra, Lindsey Meder, Crystal Smith, Kachine Alexander, and Samantha Logic all had stints in the WNBA
  • Melissa Dixon, Smith, Alexander, Logic, Bethany Doolittle, Johanna Solverson, Kristi Smith, Megan Skouby, JoAnn Hamlin, Trisha Nesbitt, Morgan Johnson, and Theairra Taylor also played professionally in Europe


  • During Bluder's tenure at Iowa, five former players have gone on to become coaches at the collegiate level
  • Cara Consuegra (Charlotte) and Jennie (Lillis) Baranczyk (Drake) 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 served as an assistant at Coe for one season


  • 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


Win No. Date Opponent Score
1 Nov. 17, 2000 Marquette 70-57
50 Jan. 30, 2003 Indiana 78-62
100 Dec. 2, 2005 Vermont 79-57
150 Nov. 22, 2008 Boston University 83-58
200 Dec. 20, 2010 Drake 75-71
250 March 7, 2013 Northwestern 60-55
300 Feb. 26, 2015 Wisconsin 78-74