Monday , Apr , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Iowa tabs Butler’s Lickliter as new basketball coach

Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Iowa has hired Butler head coach Todd
Lickliter as its new basketball coach.

The school will make the hiring official at a news conference on Tuesday.

“I’ve always had the greatest admiration for the University of Iowa and its
men’s basketball program,” said Lickliter. “I was excited about the
opportunity to interview and, afterward, I was extremely excited. It was clear
that we shared a common approach and vision for a successful basketball
program and the experience of being a student-athlete.”

Led by Lickliter, Butler posted a Horizon League-record 29 wins this past
season and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before falling to
eventual national champion Florida. For his efforts, Lickliter was named the
2007 NCAA Division I Coach of the Year by the National Association of
Basketball Coaches.

“Todd Lickliter is a proven winner at the highest level,” said Iowa director
of athletics Gary Barta. “He has a strong commitment to academics and his
Midwestern values are a perfect fit for Iowa.”

In six seasons at Butler, Lickliter recorded an impressive record of 131-61
that included two appearances in the Sweet 16. He will replace Steve Alford,
who compiled a 152-106 record in eight seasons at Iowa. The Hawkeyes were
in the NCAA Tournament three times during his tenure, but Iowa ended at 17-14
this season and were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten