Iowa Hawkeyes Longtime Director of Operations Jerry Strom Retires

By Joseph Nardone
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

There is going to be a generation of people who will have the inability to stop working. Thankfully for the people who came before, there still is a group of folk who will be able to stop doing whatever it is they do for a living and enjoy the luxuries that come with having a boatload of free time during their body’s weakest point of existence — which is kind of backwards if you ask me.

One horrible segue later….

Jerry Strom has retired from the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball program. Strom, who has been with the program for 33 years, stepped down and Fran McCaffery told the free world this Monday about the news.

Strom started with the program as a graduate assistant in 1981. It was not too long after he joined the program that he was promoted to director of operations — a position he was in that saw multiple head coaches take the role of main man in charge, and a slew of NCAA and NIT Tournament berths.

What was really neat about Strom was his ability to be more than just some guy within the program. He also did some color commentary for games and was the tournament director for the Hawkeye Challenge for 26 of his 33 years, all while handling the day-to-day business that comes with being the director of operations.

In all seriousness, Iowa has lost a good member of their program. It will not be easy for them to replace a man with as much experience and vigor for the job as Strom had.


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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