Iowa basketball officially has a new assistant coach and, as expected, it's the name everyone thought it would be.
Courtney Eldridge Elevated To Assistant Coach— Iowa Mens Basketball (@IowaHoops) April 25, 2022
Eldridge has been on staff the past six seasons as the programs video coordinator (2017-19) and director of recruiting and player development (2020-22)
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Eldridge is a familiar face around the Iowa program, having been in Iowa City for the last six years. He started at Iowa as a video coordinator from 2017-19 and then moved into the director of recruiting and player development role for the past three years (2020-22). Eldridge has an even longer relationship with Fran McCaffery, having played for McCaffery at UNC-Greensboro from 1998-2002. Eldridge replaces Billy Taylor, who left Iowa to take the head coaching job at Elon.
Outside of his roles on the Iowa staff, Eldridge's past coaching experience has been at the prep level. He previously served as a boys' basketball coach at East Boston High School and Saint Joseph's Prep School.
Eldridge was extremely well-liked among Iowa players and recruits in his previous role, with recruits particularly praising his presence and the relationships that he was able to develop. That bodes well for his recruiting skills as an assistant coach, which may be his most important asset for Iowa at this point; between McCaffery himself and longtime assistants Kirk Speraw and Sherman Dillard, Iowa's certainly not lacking in tactical knowledge or skill development.
The elevation of Eldridge does mean that Iowa needs to find a new person to fill his role as director of recruiting and player development. That's a key role in the Iowa program, even if it's not an official staff role. That individual spends a lot of time with potential recruits as well as current players, building relationships and helping to develop connections. It's also a key stepping stone position to other roles within the program (as Eldridge's own promotion illustrates). McCaffery indicated that he intends to look outside the existing Iowa program to find someone to serve as the new director of recruiting and player development; it will be interesting to see who Iowa is able to get to fill that gig.
But in the meantime: welcome to the staff, Coach Eldridge. We're very interested to see what you can do as an official assistant coach within the Iowa program.