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Big crowd greets Hawkeye coaches in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — There is no shortage of support for the Hawkeyes in Siouxland. About 350 Iowa fans packed the Convention Center to meet their favorite coaches. Head football coach Kirk Ferentz, Head women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder, assistant men’s basketball coach Kirk Speraw, and associate head wrestling coach Terry Brands made the trip to Sioux City.

The football team is coming off a 9-4 season that ended with a win in the Outback bowl. The Hawkeyes just wrapped up spring practice.

“I think the body of work was really good,” said Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz. “But Friday night was lackluster so to speak. If we went out an played with that kind of energy we’d be trouble certainly so hopefully our guys realize that and I think they do. I think overall we made a lot of progress.”

The women’s basketball team is fresh off a trip to the elite eight. It was a season that Hawkeye fans and Head Coach Lisa Bluder won’t soon forget.

“This was just a really fun season,” said Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder. “Going undefeated in Carver, winning the Big Ten Tournament, and obviously advancing to the elite eight and winning 29 games. It was a really fun year with great women so it’s something I will always remember.”

The Iowa men made the NCAA tournament and won their first round game before falling to Tennessee in overtime in the second round. The Hawkeyes have a lot of talent returning next year and will look to build off this years success.

“Really excited with our guys coming back,” said Iowa Assistant Coach Kirk Speraw. “Obviously, Jordan Bohannon, Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp, Isaiah Moss. So we’ve got a lot of scoring, a lot of rebounding coming back. Ryan Kriener played great.”

Hawkeye wrestling finished 4th at nationals and produced an individual champion as sophomore Spencer Lee won the 125 pound title. In the eyes of most programs, that’s a successful season, but the expectations are higher at Iowa.

“We need to get a better understanding between ourselves and understand whats holding us back from our guys in the lineup that we put together and then get them to understand what the mission is even more,” said Iowa Assistant Wreslting Coach Terry Brands. “I think they do but were not doing a good enough job. I know what our fans expect. I know what our administration expects and believe me that’s what we expect also and that’s nothing less than a national championship.”

The Hawkeyes stop in Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Carroll on Thursday.

Brad Pautsch

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