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May 22, 2008

Hawkeye coaches make appearance at annual I-Club event

CLINTON — University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Todd Lickliter headlined the list of Hawkeye coaches at the annual Clinton County I-Club Banquet and Golf Outing at the Clinton Country Club Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes compiled a 13-19 record in Lickliter’s first season at the helm of the program.

“There were a lot of growing pains,” Lickliter admitted. “But it’s a great place with incredible fans and there is a lot of support. We’re not very pleased with the results although I thought we saw some results of what I thought we can do.”

The results Lickliter spoke of were impressive home wins over then top 10 nationally ranked Michigan State and an Ohio State team that had downed the Hawkeyes 79-48 earlier in the season.

“I think there were glimpses there and we defended really well. To bounce back from one of the worst losses that I have been a part of (Ohio State) and to come back and beat them I think speaks to what you can do in being resilient and persevering, so I think there were some positives. We just didn’t have quite the depth or the strength that I though we needed. We are trying to fix that, we’re recruiting and I tell you we’ve been very well received,” Lickliter said.

Lickliters first full recruiting class includes Iowa’s Mr. Basketball Matt Gatens and Kirkwood Community College guard Jermain Davis. In total six student-athletes will join the Hawkeyes next season.

With one season in the books the Hawkeye head man is ready to move on and move forward.

“I appreciate the support, because I think there are a lot of Hawkeye fans that are saying to me ‘stay the course’. That’s important to me and I appreciate it,” Lickliter said. “We’ve got some guys returning and they are very committed, they’ve been putting a lot of time in the weight room.”

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