IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery said Monday that Jerry Strom, the Hawkeyes’ director of basketball operations the past 33 seasons, has retired.
“Jerry Strom has been a very good friend of mine for over 20 years,” McCaffery said in a release. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to have him on our staff. For the three years that we worked together, his contributions were beyond exceptional. He’s part of the Iowa basketball family forever.”
McCaffery is the sixth Iowa head coach Strom worked for. That list included Todd Lickliter, Steve Alford, Tom Davis, George Raveling and Lute Olson. Over that time, Iowa competed in 25 NCAA and NIT tournaments.
“I was living my dream,” said Strom. “Working at Iowa was the greatest years of my life. It is, and always has been, about the people. That’s what makes Iowa and the community so special.”
Strom joined the Iowa staff in 1981 as a graduate assistant coach under Lute Olson. He served in that capacity for two years prior to being promoted to his basketball administrative position in 1983. Strom worked closely with the Hawkeye basketball staff, helping to coordinate travel and carry out the day-to-day activities and scheduling of Iowa’s basketball program.
Strom helped implement and was tournament director for Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge for 26 years. For six years, Strom did color commentary with Jim Zabel for Iowa basketball on the Palmer Radio Network.
Strom came to Iowa from Monmouth College, where he was assistant to the athletic director as well as assistant basketball and baseball coach from 1979-81. Strom was athletic director, head basketball and track coach at Martin Luther King High School in New York City for four years.
Strom graduated from Fontanelle (Iowa) High School, where he earned all-state honors in basketball, football and baseball, as well as being selected to Iowa Boys State. He attended Concordia (Neb.) College, where he played basketball, baseball and golf.
Strom earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from Western Illinois in 1980 and worked toward his doctoral degree at Iowa.
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