The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016, and a relatively successful season overall. But there are likely to be some changes in the near future with a top Iowa coach set to leave.
According to the Des Moines Register, assistant Iowa coach Andrew Francis is set to leave the program. Per the report, he is seeking a position at another program which has not been identified yet.
Francis was one of Fran McCaffery’s original staff members when he took over the program in the 2010-11 season. He previously served under McCaffery at Sienna.
The Iowa coach served as acting head coach for a game against Rutgers when McCaffery was suspended this past season. The Hawkeyes lost that game 86-72.
Some members of the Iowa basketball team are already expressing their disappointment in seeing Francis go.
Star guard Jordan Bohannon wrote on Instagram that Francis was one of his favorite people.
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Coach Francis – Man, it’s going to be tough to see you go. You were one of my favorite people to be around to talk about basketball, but more importantly about life. You cared about the type of individuals we would become, and that speaks volume to the type of coach and person you were. I remember this moment right here so vividly. I was frustrated beyond imaginable during this Indiana game at home and how I was playing. During one of the timeouts, you came up to me and knew how mad I was. It could of been very easy to yell at me as I was letting my emotions out. You walked over and gradually put your arm around me, and said to me calmly “Keep letting that thing fly.” You smiled and walked away. I didn’t realize it in the moment, but you simply brought new life to me towards the end of that game. As I came back to the bench after the end of overtime after hitting a few big shots this was your reaction. A moment I will cherish for the rest of my life, coach. This is the type of person you are and how this whole coaching staff is. You care about others. We’re all beyond excited for you as you begin this new chapter in your life. You’ve never have been one to brag about yourself, always have been humble, and consistently cared about the team. You were a big reason why we had that big of a turnaround this year. Hawkeye nation all wishes you the best, and you forever can call Iowa City a home for you. All love Coach ✊🏼
Tyler Cook, who is leaving the program for the NBA, also wished him the best.
Great basketball coach, but an even better leader and teacher of men. Can’t thank you enough for helping me grow in all areas of my life in my 3 years there. Love you coach, and Gods blessings in whatever path he makes for you.🙏❤️ @CoachAndrewF pic.twitter.com/ElFSnBdZD1
— Tyler Cook (@iamtc25) April 17, 2019
Iowa went 23-12 overall last season, upsetting Cincinnati in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament before a heartbreaking overtime loss to Tennessee in the Round of 32.