Iowa's Bluder named 2015 U.S. Pan American coach

Rick Brown
Iowa's Lisa Bluder will coach U.S. Pan American team in 2015

Lisa Bluder, Iowa's women's basketball coach for the past 15 seasons, has been named head coach of the 2015 United States Pan American team. The announcement was made by USA Basketball on Tuesday.

"It's an honor to be selected to coach a USA Basketball team," Bluder said in a statement. "I had such a wonderful experience as an assistant coach for the World University Games (2001), and I am looking forward to working with our elite athletes in the Pan American Games. I don't think there is anything more meaningful than representing your country, and to do it by virtue of coaching the game I love is remarkable."

The 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 16-20 in Toronto. Bluder will be assisted by Michelle Clark-Heard of Western Kentucky and Scott Rueck of Oregon State.

Trials for the 12-member roster will take place May 14-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The team is scheduled to be announced on May 17.

Bluder has taken seven consecutive Iowa teams to the NCAA Tournament, and reached the Sweet 16 in 2014-15 for the first time since 1996. She has a 304-174 record at Iowa and is 660-316 overall in 31 seasons as a head collegiate coach.