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Jenni Fitzgerald is in her 15th year as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa. Fitzgerald is in her 28th season in women's college basketball as a player and coach.
The native of Long Grove, Iowa, has helped guide Iowa to 13 postseason appearances, including 11 NCAA Tournament berths. Iowa is the only team in the Big Ten, and one of 14 in NCAA Division I women's basketball, to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last seven years (there are 343 Division I teams). During her time at Iowa, the Hawkeyes have claimed the 2001 Big Ten Tournament championship and the 2008 Big Ten regular season title. She has also helped lead Iowa to 10 first-division finishes in the Big Ten.
Fitzgerald is responsible for off campus recruiting and coaches the perimeter players for the Hawkeyes. She also handles most of the film breakdown, scouting and directs the summer basketball camps.
Under Fitzgerald's tutelage, Iowa's perimeter players have garnered numerous awards. She has coached 12 players to a total of 27 All-Big Ten honors, including eight first team selections and the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Printy). Melissa Dixon was also named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year in 2013. She has also mentored five players that received all-district honors and four honorable mention All-Americans (Consuegra, Alexander, Printy, and Logic).
The Hawkeyes have broken numerous school records during Fitzgerald's time at Iowa. In 2009-10, Iowa shattered both the single season and Big Ten record for three-pointers made and attempted and tied single season marks for assists, three-pointers made in a single game and free throw percentage. Iowa set the school record for team assists in 2012-13 (534), before shattering the record in 2013-14 (644). The Hawkeyes also set the school record for scoring offense in 2013-14 (78.2), leading the league in scoring while scoring the second-most points in a season in Big Ten history (2,814).
Individually, Wendy Ausdemore broke or tied seven school records in her four years at Iowa while Kristi Smith became the first Hawkeye ever to amass over 400 points and 100 assists in three seasons. In 2009-10, Kachine Alexander set new school records in free throws made and attempted in a single season, Kamille Wahlin tied the school record for three-pointers made and set a new mark for three-pointers attempted and also became the first player in school history to record 400 career assists and 200 made 3-pointers. Kachine Alexander became the first player in school history, and just the fifth in Big Ten history, to collect 1,000 career points, 800 career rebounds and 300 career assists. Jaime Printy finished her career ranked inside the top 10 in points, 3-pointers made and assists at Iowa, while also setting numerous single-game, season and career free throw marks.
Most recently, All-American Samantha Logic surpassed Cara Consuegra (1997-2001) as Iowa's all-time assists leader and became the 31st 1,000-point scorer in program history during the 2013-14 campaign. Logic, the Big Ten leader in assists, notched three triple-doubles, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season.
Four former Hawkeye guards that Fitzgerald coached continued their playing careers in the WNBA, including Cara Consuegra, Lindsey Meder, Crystal Smith and Kachine Alexander.
Fitzgerald is very familiar with both Lisa Bluder and fellow assistant Jan Jensen, both of whom she coached with for eight years at Drake University prior to coming to Iowa.
While at Drake, Fitzgerald worked with the guards, directed summer camps and handled the administrative duties for the Bulldog basketball program from 1993-2000.
From 1986-91, Fitzgerald was the starting point guard for the Drake Bulldogs. She was a teammate of fellow Hawkeye assistant coach Jan Jensen. As a senior, Fitzgerald served as her team's captain and was named to the All-Gateway Conference first team. As a junior, Fitzgerald was her team's Most Valuable Player.
Fitzgerald graduated from Drake in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a management major. In January 2009, Fitzgerald was one of three former Drake student-athletes to receive the Drake Double D Award. The award is presented annually to Drake letterwinners for achievements in their chosen field or endeavor and/or community service since leaving Drake. The Double D Award is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes.
After graduation, Fitzgerald completed her Master of Science degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Sport Management, from Southern Illinois University in 1992. While at Southern Illinois, Fitzgerald was a graduate assistant with the Salukis.
In high school, Fitzgerald was Iowa's Female Athlete of the Year in 1986 after being named Miss Basketball and first team all-state in basketball, volleyball and softball. In 1995, she was inducted into the Iowa Girl's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Fitzgerald is the daughter of Bob and Jan Fitzgerald. She has an older sister, Robin, and younger brother, Randy.