Former player Eldridge joins McCaffery's staff

Mark Emmert

Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery is bringing one of his former players on board as his new video coordinator.

Courtney Eldridge will take on that role for the Hawkeyes after a 12-year professional playing career overseas.

Eldridge played basketball for McCaffery at UNC-Greensboro from 1998 to 2002, followed by a pro career in Brazil, Poland, Italy, Belarus, Turkey and the Dominican Republic. In addition to working men's basketball youth camps, he was a high school boys' basketball coach at East Boston High School and St. Joseph Prep School in Brighton, Mass.

Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery completed his coaching staff Friday with the hiring of Courtney Eldridge as his video coordinator. Eldridge played for McCaffery at North Carolina-Greensboro.

“Iowa is a special place with a rich basketball history. I am excited and can't wait to join Coach McCaffery and the rest of the Hawkeye family," Eldridge said in a university news release.

“Courtney is a perfect fit for our staff and the University of Iowa,” McCaffery said in the release. “Courtney was a great player and leader when he played for me at UNCG. He is an extremely hard-working individual, who has tremendous character and basketball experience that will benefit our players and coaches. “

Eldridge replaces Al Seibert, who was promoted to director of basketball operations Thursday.

Eldridge is the Spartans’ all-time leader in assists (584) and is second in program history in steals (226). His No. 23 jersey was retired by UNCG on April 24, 2002.