Four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament have only reaffirmed for Iowa athletic director Gary Barta that Lisa Bluder is the right person for the job.
On Tuesday, Iowa announced the Bluder was given a new seven-year contract, making her the Iowa coach through the 2018 season.
“I have spent my entire basketball career in this state and feel very fortunate to be the head coach at Iowa,” Bluder said in a release. “The contract extension reflects my desire to keep the Iowa women’s basketball program competing at a high level for many years.”
Bluder, the longest-tenured coach in the Big Ten, started at Iowa in 2000 and has a 211-132 record over 11 seasons. She is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2008, 2010).
“I’ve always been impressed with Coach Bluder,” Barta said. “The way she conducts her business on the court, off the court, academically, she’s a great community leader. This was just a statement.”
Barta said the two of them sat down at the end of the season and put together the new contract.
“I know she wants to be here a long, long time, and I’d like her to be here for a long time,” Barta said. “And this is where we ended up.”
Bluder’s previous contract, signed in 2008 and set to expire in 2013, paid her $405,000 in guaranteed annual income. Barta said Tuesday evening that she received a raise, but didn’t specific the amount. The contract was not immediately available.
“It has an increase in compensation very in line with what’s happening through the country,” Barta said. “There are some incentives, most that have been in there, some have been tweaked a little bit.”
This past season Bluder got a $50,000 bonus for a winning percentage above 65 percent and $35,00 for an NCAA Tournament appearance. She also received an academic bonus between and was due for a longevity bonus of $100,000 on June 30.
Iowa finished 22-9 this season and earned a fifth seed in the NCAA Tournament — the best yet under Bluder. They were knocked out in the first round by Gonzaga on their home court. The Bulldogs advanced to the Elite Eight.
Iowa returns four starters from that team and brings in a recruiting class ranked 11th in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz. Iowa takes a foreign trip Aug. 8-22 to Prague, Vienna and Paris.
“We are very excited for the future of Iowa women’s basketball,” Bluder said. “This summer will give us a great chance to grow as a team.”
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