Iowa Coaching Legend Bows Out as Star Clark Prepares for Pro Leap

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Iowa’s Legacy: Coach Bluder Steps Down, Jensen Takes Reins

A bittersweet chapter has unfolded in the annals of Iowa women’s basketball as Lisa Bluder, the legendary head coach, has announced her retirement. After a remarkable 24 years at the helm and an astonishing 716 wins to her name, Bluder has relinquished her role to make way for a new era.

Bluder’s tenure has been marked by unparalleled success. She has guided the Hawkeyes to five Big Ten Tournament championships, earning the coveted Big Ten Coach of the Year award three times. Her crowning achievement came in 2019 when she was bestowed the prestigious Naismith College Coach of the Year honor.

But Bluder’s impact extends far beyond the court. She has been an unwavering mentor to countless student-athletes, inspiring them both on the court and in the classroom. Her legacy of excellence has made an indelible mark on the world of college basketball and the Iowa community.

A Seamless Transition: Jan Jensen Takes the Reins

As Bluder steps down, Iowa has entrusted the reins to none other than Jan Jensen, her longtime associate head coach. Jensen possesses an intimate understanding of Bluder’s coaching philosophy and has been instrumental in the Hawkeyes’ success over the years.

Jensen’s appointment signifies a seamless transition for the Iowa program. As an All-American at Drake and the all-time leading scorer in her high school career, she brings a wealth of basketball expertise to her new role.

Caitlin Clark’s Tribute

The departure of Coach Bluder has been met with an outpouring of gratitude from players, colleagues, and fans alike. Star guard Caitlin Clark, one of Bluder’s most prized pupils, expressed her admiration on X:

“Simply no one better at building a team,” wrote Clark. “Thank you for believing in me more than anyone. Enjoy retirement, coach. Very much deserved.”

A Focus on Growth

With Bluder’s support, Jensen is eager to lead the Hawkeyes to even greater heights. She said, “There is no better person to lead this program than Jan Jensen and I am thrilled she will have the opportunity to build on the foundation established.

I’m committed to help her, and her staff, in whatever capacity they need moving forward.”

The future of Iowa women’s basketball is as bright as ever as Jensen takes command. With Bluder’s unwavering support and the collective spirit of the Hawkeye faithful, the program is poised to continue its reign of success for years to come.