Coaching Staff

Sherman Dillard

Sherman Dillard

Assistant Coach

Sherman Dillard is in his ninth year with the University of Iowa men's basketball staff bringing a wealth of expertise on and off the court.
 
Dillard has helped rejuvenate the Iowa basketball program since arriving at Iowa in 2010. Not only has the attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena increased by more than 50 percent, but Dillard has helped vault the program back to national prominence on a consistent basis. Iowa achieved its highest national since 1987, when it was ranked as high as No. 3 on Jan. 25, 2016, and was ranked in both major polls the final 11 weeks of the 2016.
 
Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff are the first in program history to win 18 or more games in six straight seasons (2012-17). Iowa won 20 or more games for four seasons (2013-16), its longest streak in 15 years. Additionally, Iowa has averaged 20 wins the last seven seasons, with its 125 victories between 2012-17 being the most over a six-year span since 1985-90. 
 
Dillard has helped coached the Hawkeyes to a postseason tournament six of the last seven seasons (3 NCAA, 3 NIT). Dillard has helped coach the Hawkeyes to upper division finishes five of the past six seasons, including a third place Big Ten finish and winning a game in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2016. Iowa was one of only three teams (Michigan State and Wisconsin) to record a Big Ten record of .500 or better between 2013-17. Iowa matched its second most victories by a Hawkeye team in 2013, reaching the NIT championship game and finishing with 25 wins.
 
The past eight years at Iowa Dillard helped coach 13 Hawkeyes to professional contracts, including Devyn Marble and Aaron White, who were selected by the Orlando Magic (2014) and Washington Wizards (2015) in the NBA Draft, respectively.
 
Dillard has helped mentor five Hawkeyes to All-Big Ten status during his tenure, including four straight seasons with an honoree on the first team: Roy Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015), Jarrod Uthoff (2016), and Peter Jok (2017). In addition to the all-conference accolades, Uthoff and Jok were All-Americans. Dillard helped develop frontcourt players Gabriel Olaseni and Nicholas Baer, who were each voted Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in 2015 and 2017, respectively. He also helped coach five All-Big Ten Freshman performers (Eric May in 2010, Melsahn Basabe in 2011, Aaron White in 2012, and Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook in 2017).
 
Frontcourt players has enjoyed recent success under McCaffery and the coaching staff. This past season, Cook joined Greg Stokes as the only Hawkeyes to total more than 500 points and 200 rebounds their sophomore season, and newcomer Luka Garza became just the fourth Hawkeye rookie in program history to score 400 points. Baer was the only player in 2016-17 and the only Big Ten player the last 25 seasons to amass 250+ points, 40+ blocked shots, 45+ steals, and 45+ 3-pointers in a season. Cordell Pemsl broke the school single-season record for field goal percentage (.617). Additionally, Francis helped mentor Jok in becoming Iowa's fifth Big Ten scoring champion in school history. Jok averaged 19.9 points per game, the most by a Hawkeye in 10 years.
 
Dillard has three decades of coaching experience, serving as a college assistant or head coach for 30 years. He spent his first 15 years as an assistant coach at three institutions. Dillard began his coaching career under Head Coach Lefty Driesell at Maryland, spending six seasons (1979-85). He helped coach the Terrapins to four 20-plus win seasons and six postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournament berths. The 1980, 1984 and 1985 squads reached the Sweet 16, while the 1984 team won the ACC Tournament.
 
He then spent three years at California (1985-88) under Lou Campanelli, who was his collegiate coach at James Madison. The Bears posted two third-place Pac-10 finishes and two NIT appearances during his tenure in Berkeley.  After three seasons at California, he returned to the ACC and Georgia Tech for six seasons (1988-94). While in Atlanta, he helped Head Coach Bobby Cremins lead the Yellow Jackets to six winning seasons and postseason appearances.  Georgia Tech played in five NCAA Tournaments, including the Final Four in 1990 and Sweet 16 in 1992.
 
Dillard received his first head coaching opportunity at Indiana State of the Missouri Valley Conference (1994-97). During his three seasons in Terre Haute, the Sycamores improved each season and posted a 29-52 record. He then left Indiana State to return to his alma mater. He replaced Driesell, who served as head coach the previous nine seasons (1988-97). Dillard was the Dukes' head coach for seven years (1997-2004). He posted a 93-106 record, sharing a league title and recording three first-division finishes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).   During his tenure, he earned CAA Coach of the Year and NABC District Coach of the Year laurels. His 10-year head coaching record stands at 122-158.
 
Dillard, a three-time Academic All-American and four-time honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, played guard at James Madison (1973-78). He led the Dukes in scoring in each of his four years (missed 1976-77 with an injury) and was the team's top rebounder as a freshman. Dillard is the second-leading scorer (2,065 points) in James Madison history, and his academic excellence merited him an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. After his collegiate career, he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 1978 NBA Draft. Additionally, Dillard was honored as a CAA "Legend" in 2009.
 
Dillard worked as a basketball marketing representative for Nike for six years (2004-10). He served as Global Camp Director, responsible for administrative and operational facets of a series of highly acclaimed camps and academies sponsored by Nike. Those camps included the Nike All-America Camp and select skills academies hosted by NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Vince Carter, Amaré Stoudemire and LeBron James (until January, 2009).
 
Dillard is a 1978 magna cum laude James Madison graduate earning a bachelor's degree in physical education and minor in business, and is a member of the school's sports hall of fame.
 
Dillard and his wife Dena have two sons, Ben (25) and Langston (23). His son Ben was a four-year letterwinner on the Arkansas-Little Rock basketball team.

Andrew Francis

Andrew Francis

Assistant Coach

Andrew Francis is in his ninth year as an assistant coach with the Hawkeyes and 11th season on head coach Fran McCaffery's staff. He was the first hire for McCaffery at Iowa, joining the staff on April 8, 2010.
 
Francis has helped rejuvenate the Iowa basketball program since arriving at Iowa in 2010. Not only has the attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena increased by more than 50 percent, but Francis has helped vault the program back to national prominence on a consistent basis. Iowa achieved its highest national since 1987, when it was ranked as high as No. 3 on Jan. 25, 2016, and was ranked in both major polls the final 11 weeks of the 2016.
 
Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff are the first in program history to win 18 or more games in six straight seasons (2012-17). Iowa won 20 or more games for four seasons (2013-16), its longest streak in 15 years. Additionally, Iowa has averaged 20 wins the last seven seasons, with its 125 victories between 2012-17 being the most over a six-year span since 1985-90. 
 
Francis has helped coached the Hawkeyes to a postseason tournament six of the last seven seasons (3 NCAA, 3 NIT). Francis has helped coach the Hawkeyes to upper division finishes five of the past six seasons, including a third place Big Ten finish and winning a game in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2016. Iowa was one of only three teams (Michigan State and Wisconsin) to record a Big Ten record of .500 or better between 2013-17. Iowa matched its second most victories by a Hawkeye team in 2013, reaching the NIT championship game and finishing with 25 wins.
 
The past eight years at Iowa Francis helped coach 13 Hawkeyes to professional contracts, including Devyn Marble and Aaron White, who were selected by the Orlando Magic (2014) and Washington Wizards (2015) in the NBA Draft, respectively.
 
Francis has helped mentor five Hawkeyes to All-Big Ten status during his tenure, including four straight seasons with an honoree on the first team: Roy Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015), Jarrod Uthoff (2016), and Peter Jok (2017). In addition to the all-conference accolades, Uthoff and Jok were All-Americans. Francis helped develop frontcourt players Gabriel Olaseni and Nicholas Baer, who were each voted Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in 2015 and 2017, respectively. He also helped coach five All-Big Ten Freshman performers (Eric May in 2010, Melsahn Basabe in 2011, Aaron White in 2012, and Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook in 2017).
 
Frontcourt players has enjoyed recent success under McCaffery and the coaching staff. This past season, Cook joined Greg Stokes as the only Hawkeyes to total more than 500 points and 200 rebounds their sophomore season, and newcomer Luka Garza became just the fourth Hawkeye rookie in program history to score 400 points. Baer was the only player in 2016-17 and the only Big Ten player the last 25 seasons to amass 250+ points, 40+ blocked shots, 45+ steals, and 45+ 3-pointers in a season. Cordell Pemsl broke the school single-season record for field goal percentage (.617). Additionally, Francis helped mentor Jok in becoming Iowa's fifth Big Ten scoring champion in school history. Jok averaged 19.9 points per game, the most by a Hawkeye in 10 years.
 
Francis served three years on McCaffery's staff as an assistant coach at Siena (2007-10). While on the Saints' coaching staff, he helped guide Siena to three straight conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths, and four consecutive 20-plus win seasons. Francis helped coach six all-conference student-athletes, two Player of the Year honorees and the league's Sixth Man of the Year.
 
He arrived at the Siena program after a two year stint at Villanova University, where he served as an administrative assistant/video coordinator on Jay Wright's staff.
 
While at Siena, Francis assisted in all aspects of the program, including: recruiting, player development and scouting.
 
A Brooklyn, New York, native, Francis joined the Wildcats' staff in August, 2005. He assisted the program in a variety of roles while directing the video operations of the basketball office.
 
Francis is a 1992 graduate of Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School. He played basketball at Fulton Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York, before completing his college career under Coach Sidney Green at Long Island University-Southampton. Francis graduated in 1998 with a degree in marketing and management.
 
After a knee injury ended his professional playing career, Francis became a volunteer assistant coach at Concordia College. From 2003-05, he served as the head women's coach at Mt. St. Vincent College, compiling a 26-27 record. In addition, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Westchester Wildfire of the United States Basketball League.
 
Francis is married to Kim and has two stepdaughters, Chelsea and Raven.

Kirk Speraw

Kirk Speraw

Assistant Coach

Kirk Speraw is in his ninth year as an assistant coach at Iowa. Speraw, who has over three decades of coaching experience, assists in all aspects of the program including recruiting, opponent scouting, practices, player development and game preparation.
 
Speraw has helped rejuvenate the Iowa basketball program since arriving at Iowa in 2010. Not only has the attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena increased by more than 50 percent, but Speraw has helped vault the program back to national prominence on a consistent basis. Iowa achieved its highest national since 1987, when it was ranked as high as No. 3 on Jan. 25, 2016, and was ranked in both major polls the final 11 weeks of the 2016.
 
Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff are the first in program history to win 18 or more games in six straight seasons (2012-17). Iowa won 20 or more games for four seasons (2013-16), its longest streak in 15 years. Additionally, Iowa has averaged 20 wins the last seven seasons, with its 125 victories between 2012-17 being the most over a six-year span since 1985-90. 
 
Speraw has helped coached the Hawkeyes to a postseason tournament six of the last seven seasons (3 NCAA, 3 NIT). Speraw has helped coach the Hawkeyes to upper division finishes five of the past six seasons, including a third place Big Ten finish and winning a game in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2016. Iowa was one of only three teams (Michigan State and Wisconsin) to record a Big Ten record of .500 or better between 2013-17. Iowa matched its second most victories by a Hawkeye team in 2013, reaching the NIT championship game and finishing with 25 wins.
 
The past eight years at Iowa Speraw helped coach 13 Hawkeyes to professional contracts, including Devyn Marble and Aaron White, who were selected by the Orlando Magic (2014) and Washington Wizards (2015) in the NBA Draft, respectively.
 
Speraw has helped mentor five Hawkeyes to All-Big Ten status during his tenure, including four straight seasons with an honoree on the first team: Roy Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015), Jarrod Uthoff (2016), and Peter Jok (2017). In addition to the all-conference accolades, Uthoff and Jok were All-Americans. Francis helped develop frontcourt players Gabriel Olaseni and Nicholas Baer, who were each voted Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in 2015 and 2017, respectively. He also helped coach five All-Big Ten Freshman performers (Eric May in 2010, Melsahn Basabe in 2011, Aaron White in 2012, and Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook in 2017).
 
Speraw was the primary assistant who worked with Iowa's perimeter players. In 2017, shooting guard Peter Jok became Iowa's fifth Big Ten scoring champion in school history, averaging 19.9 points per game. Jok also established new school free throw records in single-game makes (22), career percentage (.864), and single-season accuracy (.911).

Speraw also helped mentor point guard Jordan Bohannon to historic heights. Bohannon shattered the team's freshman single-season record in assists (175) and 3-pointers made (89). Jok and Bohannon combined for 174 triples, the most by a duo in a single season at Iowa. As a sophomore, Bohannon's production etched his name in the Hawkeye record books. Bohannon recorded three double-doubles as a sophomore to bring his career double-doubles in points and assists to a program-best six. He became the sixth Hawkeye in program history to total more than 400 points and 150 assists in a season. Bohannon is the only Division I player to total more than 150 assists and 80 3-pointers as a freshman and sophomore over the last 25 years. Lastly, he made 34 consecutive free throws to share Iowa's consecutive free throws made record with the legendary Chris Street.
 
Speraw, who is a Sioux City, Iowa, native was a two-time Hawkeye letterman (1978-79) who played for head coach Lute Olson. He was a member of the 1978-79 squad that won 20 contests and a Big Ten title. As a senior, he was named the team's most inspirational player.
 
As both an assistant and head coach, Speraw has mentored dozens of players who have played professionally, including Hawkeyes Ronnie Lester, Steve Krafcisin, Vince Brookins, Steve Waite, Kenny Arnold, Kevin Boyle, Mark Gannon and Bobby Hansen.
 
Speraw began his coaching career with the Hawkeyes, serving as a graduate assistant with Iowa's 1979-80 team that advanced to the Final Four. The Hawkeyes went 23-8 that season.  Speraw then moved to Denver University, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for two years (1980-82).
 
Speraw joined the Hawkeyes after serving 17 years as head coach at the University of Central Florida (1993-2010). During his tenure, 18 of his players received all-league honors, including four first team honorees. Additionally, since the start of the 1993-94 season, 54 of Speraw's UCF student-athletes earned academic all-conference recognition.
 
His tenure included four NCAA Tournament berths (1994, '96, '04 and '05). In 2006-07, he was recognized as Conference USA Coach of the Year after guiding the Knights to 22 victories and a second place league finish. His most successful season at UCF was in 2003-04, when the Knights finished 25-6, received votes in the top 25 and won the Atlantic Sun championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
 
Prior to his head coaching job at UCF, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Florida for three seasons (1990-93) under Head Coach Lon Kruger. While on the Florida staff, the Gators participated in two NIT's, including advancing to the semifinals in 1992.
 
Prior to his three years in Gainesville, Speraw was the head coach at Pensacola Junior College (PJC) from 1987-90.  At PJC, he led the Pirates to an 82-21 record and three consecutive Panhandle Conference titles. His 1989-90 team won 31 games and finished fifth nationally. The team's success that year earned Speraw national recognition.  He was tabbed the NABC/Kodak National Junior College Coach of the Year, as well as the state's Coach of the Year.
 
Speraw also had a coaching stop at Florida Southern, serving as an assistant from 1982-87. The Moccasins posted a 100-46 record and made four appearances in the Division II NCAA Tournament, including a third-place finish in 1986.
 
Speraw and his wife, Tracy (an Iowa City native), have two sons, Drew and Dustin, and two daughters, Brooke and Bailey. Drew played for his dad at Central Florida for four years.

Al Seibert

Al Seibert

Director of Operations

Al Seibert is in his eighth season on the University of Iowa men's basketball coaching staff. Seibert spent five years as the team's video coordinator before being named director of operations prior to the 2016-17 season.

As operations director, Seibert works closely with the basketball staff, helping coordinate travel and carry out the day-to-day activities of the UI basketball program.

Seibert has assisted in the rise of the Hawkeye basketball program back to national prominence since 2012. Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff are the first in program history to win 18 or more games in six straight seasons (2012-17). Iowa won 20 or more games four straight seasons (2013-16), its longest streak in 15 years. Seibert and the Hawkeyes posted upper division finishes five of the last six seasons, including a third place Big Ten finish and winning a game in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 (Davidson) and 2016 (Temple). Iowa was one of only three teams to record a Big Ten record of .500 or better between 2013-17. The Hawkeyes matched their second most victories by a Hawkeye team in 2013, reaching the NIT championship game and finishing with 25 wins.

Seibert has 18 years of coaching experience, having most recently served as the head coach at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, from 2005-10.

He was at the University of Hartford for five seasons, four as an assistant (2000-04) and one as associate head coach (2004-05). Seibert was the top assistant in 2002 when Hartford posted the second-best Division I turnaround. He also helped coach the Hawks to a top three finish in the America East Conference from 2002-04.

Seibert was also an assistant coach at Western Kentucky (1994-98). He helped coach the 1995 Western Kentucky team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a final national ranking of No. 18 and a 27-4 overall record, which was second only to national champion UCLA.

Other stops include one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duquesne (1992-93) and working as a basketball administrative assistant at Pittsburgh (1993-94).

Seibert has worked individually with a number of athletes drafted in the NBA. In 1993, he worked with Derrick Alston (Duquesne University), who was a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers. The following spring, Seibert worked with Erik Mobley (University of Pittsburgh), who was the 16th overall selection of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1994 NBA Draft. In 1996, he worked with Ben Davis (University of Arizona), who was a second round pick of the Phoenix Suns. Seibert also worked individually with Lee Nailon (TCU) in 1998-99, who was a second round selection by Charlotte.

Seibert worked as a college basketball recruiting expert for Insiders Report from 1998-2000.

He played collegiately at Frederick Community College (Md.) from 1981-83.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Seibert earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Fredonia State University (N.Y.) in 1985.

Seibert is married to Rachel and has a daughter, Katie (20), who lives in Ohio.