Iowa Mainstay Jerry Strom Retires

By Scott Dochterman, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Jerry Strom, a mainstay during an era of change for Iowa men’s basketball, has retired after 33 years with the program.

Strom, 60, has worked for six Iowa men’s basketball coaches after taking a graduate assistant job under Lute Olson in 1981. He was promoted to director of operations, a position he held for 30 years, in 1983. He worked under Olson, George Raveling, Tom Davis, Steve Alford, Todd Lickliter and Fran McCaffery.

Strom handled the program’s day-to-day activities and assumed travel responsibilities this year when former trainer John Streif retired. For 26 years Strom served as director of the Hawkeye Challenge, a tournament both The Gazette and KCRG previously sponsored. He also provided color commentary for radio broadcaster Jim Zabel for six years.

Strom is a graduate of Fontanelle High School and received college degrees from Concordia (Neb.) College and Western Illinois.

“I was living my dream,” said Strom. “Working at Iowa was the greatest years of my life. It is, and always has been, about the people. That’s what makes Iowa and the community so special.”

“Jerry Strom has been a very good friend of mine for over 20 years,” McCaffery said. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to have him on our staff. For the three years that we worked together, his contributions were beyond exceptional. He’s part of the Iowa basketball family forever.”

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