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Tracey Griesbaum
Tracey Griesbaum

Head Coach

15th year at Iowa

Alma Mater:
West Chester, 1989


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Tracey Griesbaum enters her 15th season as head coach at the University of Iowa in 2014. She has led the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten Tournament Championships (2006, 2007, 2008), one regular season Big Ten Championship, six NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2008 NCAA Final Four.

During Griesbaum's Iowa tenure, the program has had 20 national All-Americans, 52 regional All-America honors, 53 All-Big Ten selections, three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards and three Big Ten Freshman of the Year awards.

Griesbaum, who was a two-time All-American as a player at West Chester University and a six-year member of the U.S. National Team, is 169-107 at Iowa and 182-128 overall. She recorded her 100th career victory with a win at Fairfield in 2007, her 100th career win as Iowa's head coach at Stanford in 2008 and her 150th career triumph with a 2-1 victory over Ohio State in 2012.

In 2013, Iowa advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the 10th time in program history, and finished 13-8 overall. Griesbaum coached four Hawkeyes -- Natalie Cafone (first team), Dani Hemeon (first team), Karli Johansen (second team), Stephanie Norlander (Freshman of the Year) -- to All-Big Ten recognition. Cafone, Hemeon and Norlander earned NFHCA West Region All-America honors, and Cafone and Hemeon also earned All-America honors. Cafone became the first Hawkeye since Kristy Gleason in 1992 to lead the nation in points per game (2.48). The sophomore also ranked third nationally in goals per game (1.05).

Off the field, nine Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, seven Hawkeyes were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad, and once again, Iowa was awarded the National Academic Team Award. In addition, Brynn Gitt and Jessy Silfer were named NFHCA Scholars of Distinction, (GPA of 3.9 or higher). Marike Stribos was named Iowa's 2014 Female Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, and Cafone was named the University of Iowa's 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.

During the 2012 season, Griesbaum guided the Hawkeyes to their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance -- the 22nd in program history. The squad finished with a 14-7 overall and 4-2 Big Ten record, which tied for second place, and finished with a No. 14 national ranking.

Griesbaum coached five Hawkeyes to All-Big Ten recognition -- the most for the program since 2008 -- and had four individuals earn regional All-America honors for the second-straight season. Two players -- Jessica Barnett and Kathleen McGraw -- garnered national All-America recognition, and the duo was selected to play in the NFHCA Senior Game.

Griesbaum led Iowa to its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. The Hawkeyes finished 15-5 overall and ranked 12th nationally. She coached three All-Big Ten honorees and four regional All-Americans, including Barnett, who earned the program's 81st national All-America honor.

In 2008, Iowa enjoyed its best season under Griesbaum. She led the Black and Gold to their third-straight Big Ten Tournament championship. Griesbaum also led the Hawkeyes to their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance. Iowa defeated Louisville and Michigan State to advance to the NCAA Final Four. The Hawkeyes fell to eventual national champion Maryland 2-1 in double overtime and finished the season with an 18-5 record. She was later named the 2008 NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year. Additionally, Griesbaum was inducted into the West Chester University Athletics Hall of Fame in February.

In the first year of the Griesbaum era, the Hawkeyes fielded an extremely young team that finished with a respectable 12-8 record and a third place finish in the Big Ten.

Year two, was even better for the Hawkeyes. Iowa finished with a record of 13-5, an appearance in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game and ended the season ranked No. 12 by the NFHCA. On their way to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game, Griesbaum led the Hawkeyes past the co-Big Ten regular season champions, Michigan State, 3-2, in overtime.

In Griesbaum's third season, the Hawkeyes finished with a 9-8 record and ranked No. 20 by the NFCHA. The Hawkeyes opened the season with a great shutout victory over eventual National Champion Wake Forest, 1-0. They closed the season with a 2-1, double overtime loss to the eventual national runner-up Penn State. Six of the Iowa losses came by one goal.

In 2003, the Hawkeyes finished 11-8 with a final ranking of 16th by STX/NFCHA. During the season, Iowa reached as high as No. 6 in the poll. Six of Iowa's eight losses came from teams ranked in the top 10.

During Griesbaum's fifth year, she directed the Hawkeyes to a 13-8 record and their 12th regular season Big Ten Championship with a 5-1 conference record. The Hawkeyes' exceptional play earned them a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time in school history. Griesbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and the Division I Coach of the Year by for her efforts.

In 2005, Iowa fielded a young team that resembled Griesbaum's first Hawkeye squad in 2000. The 2005 team finished with a 12-8 record and a third-place finish in the Big Ten.

In 2006, Griesbaum guided the Hawkeyes to a 12-9 record, the Big Ten Tournament Championship, an appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a final ranking of 14th in the STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll. Six of Iowa's nine losses came against teams ranked in the top five and two of their losses were by more than one goal.

In 2007, Iowa finished 17-4, and ranked fifth nationally. The Hawkeyes captured their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time in the program's history. Iowa began the season ranked 10th, and climbed as high as No. 3.

Griesbaum has a long history with the United States Field Hockey program. She has served in many capacities within the USFHA, including a full-time assistant and head coach for the U.S. Under-21 Team. She led the Under-21 team to a second-place finish at the Pan American Junior Championships and a spot in the 2001 Junior World Cup, where she served as an assistant coach. Her work was good enough to earn her the 2000 United States Field Hockey Coach of the Year award.

Before leaving to accept her post with U.S.A. Field Hockey, Griesbaum was an assistant coach with the Hawkeyes for eight seasons. She helped Iowa win four Big Ten Championships, advancing to the NCAA Tournament six times and the Final Four four times.

While Griesbaum worked for the United States Team in a full-time capacity for only one year, she has served the organization for 20 years as a coach.

During the summer of 2012, Griesbaum served as an assistant coach of the Midwest Team in the USA Field Hockey Women's Senior High Performance Tournament. She also was an assistant coach in the USA Field Hockey Futures Elite Championship.

In 2006, Griesbaum was the head coach of the Midwest Region's EPTC Program team, which placed second at the national tournament. She also coached the Midwest in 2004 and attended the FIH Coaching Course held in conjunction with the Champions Challenge and coached at the Elite Team Trials.

Griesbaum was head coach of the 2000 Super Camp and B Camp, and an assistant coach for the 1999 Under-20 Junior National Team, which toured Canada and Argentina.

During the summer of 1998, Griesbaum worked with the USA Field Hockey program. She was the head coach for the USA Under-23 team that competed in the USFHA National Indoor Tournament, toured Holland playing various club teams and competed in Canada against the Canadian National and Under-23 squads.

Griesbaum has also coached at the USFHA A-camp since 1995. In 1998, she was one of 38 international coaches selected to attend the International Field Hockey coaching course, held in conjunction with the 1998 World Cup in Holland.

In the spring and summer of 1997, Griesbaum worked camps and coached the national teams throughout the country. She coached at the United States Field Hockey Association A-Camp and served as assistant coach for the United States Under-21 National Team that played in the Junior National World Cup Qualifying Tournament in January of 1997 (Santiago, Chile). Griesbaum participated in that same tournament as an assistant coach in Venezuela in the fall of 1992.

In 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2001-04 she was a selector at the National Futures Tournament in Maryland. Those same summers Griesbaum was a coach at the USFHA B-Camp. Following B-Camp she coached the Under-18 team in a mini-tournament held in Boston (1996).

During the summer of 1996, Griesbaum was the co-head coach of the U.S. Under-18 National Team which traveled to Montreal, Quebec to compete in the Montreal Cup.

As the head coach at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pa., during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, Griesbaum led her team to a 13-21-3 overall record.

A 1989 graduate of West Chester University, Griesbaum earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a minor in health sciences and coaching. She was former Hawkeye coach Beth Beglin's first recruit at West Chester University in 1984 and was a three-time regional All-American and a two-time national All-American. In 1987, she was named the Pennsylvania Association Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (PAIAW) Field Hockey Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year.

Griesbaum, a 1987 Honda Broderick Award nominee, also has extensive international playing experience. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1989-91, 1993 and the U.S. National Reserve Team in 1988. Griesbaum played on the U.S. National team that competed in the 1993 Intercontinental Cup. She played in the 1991 Pan American Games, World University Games and Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In addition, she was a two-time U.S. Olympic Festival participant, winning the Gold Medal in 1989. In 2003, she played in the North American Premiere Indoor League for Philadelphia, and played three years in the USFHA Summer League.

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