Iowa hires Central Michigan's Raina Harmon as new assistant coach

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder has added Central Michigan's Raina Harmon to her coaching staff, Iowa announced Tuesday.

Harmon spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach for Central Michigan, primarily working with perimeter players and handling team scouting. The Chippewas went 99-61 and secured four postseason berths (three WNITs, one NCAA Tournament) during her tenure.

Iowa has hired Central Michigan assistant coach Raina Harmon to the same position.

"I’m really excited," Harmon said via an Iowa news release. "I didn’t know Coach Bluder super well prior to the hire, but during my interview process I could tell that she and her staff were very genuine. The fact that they are all from Iowa made me feel comfortable about moving to Iowa City. I’m excited about joining a staff as storied as Iowa’s.

"Growing up in the Midwest, I’ve always been intrigued by the Big Ten, so the opportunity to coach in the conference is really exciting."

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Before CMU, Harmon was Michigan's director of women's basketball operations from 2010-12. She played for CMU from 2001-04.

She takes the job left open by former Hawkeyes assistant Lacey Goldwire, who took an assistant job at Arkansas in April.

"We are so excited to welcome Raina to our Hawkeye staff and family," Bluder said via the release. "She was an integral part of the success that Central Michigan achieved, and I’m excited to have her now impact our program on and off the court. Raina’s positive outlook and passion is evident in all realms, and I am thrilled she is now a Hawkeye."

Iowa wrapped up spring practice in late April and will reconvene in June for summer workouts.

Matthew Bain covers preps, recruiting and the Hawkeyes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBain_.