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University Of Iowa Prepares To Break Ground On A New Soccer Operations Facility In The Fall In Iowa City

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The University of Iowa, pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will break ground in late fall on a $4 million state-of-the-art soccer operations facility on the west side of the Iowa Soccer Complex. This new space will open in time for the 2021 fall season -- the 25th year of Iowa women’s soccer.

The proposed facility, funded entirely by private support, will include:

  • A spacious locker room and lounge/team room that will dramatically improve Iowa soccer student-athletes efficiency and experience while creating a “one-stop home” for Iowa women’s soccer.
  • A multi-purpose room, overlooking one of the best soccer fields in the Big Ten Conference, that creates a space for student-athletes to enjoy pregame and postgame meals, watch film, study, and socialize, as well as to host donors and other events before and after matches.
  • An athletic training room, allowing student-athletes to receive treatments from sports medicine staff after a practice or game -- without having to travel to another campus location.
  • Additional amenities including; coaches’ offices, visiting team and officials’ locker rooms, press box, and storage. 

Dave DiIanni is entering his seventh season as the program’s head coach.  During the 2019 season, DiIanni led the Hawkeyes to one of their best seasons in program history, tying a school record with 15 victories en route to the the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

The Hawkeyes won seven Big Ten games -- tied for the most all-time -- and achieved their highest ranking -- No. 19 -- in program history during the regular season.  DiIanni has won 61 games during his Iowa tenure.

Iowa has also excelled academically under DiIanni’s watch with two players garnering four Academic All-America honors. The program has earned the United Soccer Team Academic Award each season and Iowa had a school record 19 Academic All-Big Ten selections in 2019.

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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