|Assistant Coach for United States|
|World University Games|
|Gold||2001 Beijing, China||Team Competition|
St. Ambrose University
She began her coaching career at St. Ambrose University, where she coached six successful seasons building the Bees into an NAIA powerhouse. During her tenure at St. Ambrose, she recorded a 169-36 (.824) mark and guided the Bees to four straight national tournaments, including two consecutive Final Four appearances. The 1990 St. Ambrose team was ranked No. 1 and she was named the NAIA Converse Coach of the Year.
Bluder has compiled a 187-106 (.638) record at Drake in 10 seasons and a 169-36 (.824) record in six seasons at NAIA St. Ambrose University. She currently sits 39th in career winning percentage (.692) for Division I active coaches.
She is also committed to her team's academic success. She coached two Academic All-America Players of the Year in current Hawkeye Associate Head Coach Jan Jensen (1991) and Tricia Wakely (1996). As a team, the Bulldogs ranked fourth in 1995 graduation rate success among teams ranked in the USA Today/CNN final top-25 Coaches' Poll. In 2004 and 2012, a team record eight student athletes were named to the academic all-Big Ten team. Student athletes who have played under her have a 100 percent job placement following their career, and all of her recruited athletes have earned their degree.
University of Iowa
Bluder, alongside her husband David and daughter Hannah, was introduced as the Hawkeyes' fifth head coach in front of a packed press room in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 7, 2000. The native of Marion, IA, came to Iowa after spending 10 successful seasons at Drake University.
Bluder is in her 14th season as head women's basketball coach at the University of Iowa. Under her direction, the Hawkeyes have advanced to postseason play in 9 of 10 seasons (7 NCAA and 2 WNIT). Entering the 2010-2011 season Bluder is the dean of Big Ten coaches, and has posted a 189-123 (.606) record at Iowa and her 26-year record stands at 545-265 (.673). Her 189 wins at Iowa are the second-most of any Hawkeye women's basketball coach, behind Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (269 wins).
Bluder is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2008 and 2010) and two-time WBCA Regional Coach of the Year (2001 and 2008). She has guided Iowa to a winning record in nine of her 10 years at Iowa, including seven upper-division finishes in the challenging Big Ten Conference. Bluder has led Iowa to six 20-win seasons in her 12 years, including the last four years in a row.
Bluder had one of her most successful seasons in 2010-11, leading Iowa to a 22-9 overall record and a third place finish in the Big Ten at 10-6. Iowa's overall win/loss record in 2010-11 was the best for an Iowa team since the 1995-96 campaign. The Hawkeyes were nationally ranked for 14 weeks during the season, reaching No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Iowa received an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight season.
Iowa Attendance Under Bluder
Under coach Bluder the Iowa Hawkeyes have finished the season in the top 30 in the nation in attendance 9 out of 12 years and in the top 20, 4 years.
She has reached five coaching milestones while coaching Iowa. During her first season, she collected her 200th victory at the Division I level when the Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota. She garnered win No. 300 at the Division I level with Iowa's regular season finale win over Indiana in 2006. During her third season, she captured career win No. 400 in Iowa's triumph over Iowa State and victory No. 450 when Iowa topped Creighton in the first round of the WNIT. During the '07-'08 season her Hawkeyes defeated Penn State on February 10 to give Coach Bluder career win No. 500. When Iowa beat Purdue on January 20, 2013 Coach Bluder made that her Career win No. 600.
Bluder served as an assistant coach of the USA representative to the 1999 World University Games (also known as the Universiade). The event was held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The USA team opened with a 134–37 win over South Africa. The second game was against Canada, which the USA team lost in a close match 68–67. The USA could not afford to lose another game if they wished to win a medal, and won the next game against Japan 106–66. The USA next faced undefeated Russia, and fell behind by twelve points at halftime, but came back and won the game 79–68. The USA fell behind in their next game against undefeated China, but rallied and went on to win 89–78. The USA then beat Brazil to advance to the semi-final, where they faced Lithuania. The game was not close, with the USA winning 70–49. That set up a rematch with China, on their home court with 18,000 spectators. The USA only had a four point lead at halftime, but did better in the second half, and won 87–69 to claim the gold medal. Ayana Walker set a World University Games record with 19 rebounds in the game. Walker was the leading scorer and rebounder for the USA team with 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Head coaching record
Drake was awarded a forfeit victory over Valparaiso during the 1995–96 season due to Valparaiso's use of an ineligible player. Drake originally lost that game 79–80.
|St. Ambrose (??) (1984–1990)|
|Drake Bulldogs (Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1990–1993)|
|Drake Bulldogs (Missouri Valley Conference) (1993–2000)|
|1994–95||Drake||25–6||13–5||T–2nd||NCAA, Second Round|
|1996–97||Drake||23–7||14–4||1st||NCAA, First Round|
|1997–98||Drake||25–5||17–1||1st||NCAA, First Round|
|1998–99||Drake||21–10||14–4||2nd||WNIT, Final Four|
|1999–00||Drake||23–7||15–3||1st||NCAA, First Round|
|Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten Conference) (2000–present)|
|2000–01||Iowa||21–10||12–4||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2001–02||Iowa||18–11||10–6||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2004–05||Iowa||23–10||8–8||6th||WNIT Final Four|
|2005–06||Iowa||17–12||10–6||5th||NCAA First Round|
|2007–08||Iowa||21–11||13–5||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
|2008–09||Iowa||21–11||13–5||T–2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2009–10||Iowa||20–14||10–8||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2010–11||Iowa||22–9||10–6||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2011–12||Iowa||19–12||11–5||T–2nd||NCAA First Round|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
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- "TWENTIETH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2001". USA Basketball. Retrieved 22 May 2013.