Former Hawkeye Returns from Colorado for Drake Job


April 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa basketball player will return to her home state and coach Drake University’s women’s team. Drake introduced Jennie (Lillis) Baranczyk (bah-RAHN’-chek) at a news conference Tuesday in Des Moines. The 29-year-old Baranczyk has spent the past two seasons on the staff at Colorado, where she went after coaching at Marquette. Baranczyk says she’s “thrilled” to be at Drake. Colorado head coach Linda Lappe praised Baranczyk as a good teacher who has high character. Baranczyk captained the Hawkeyes for three years and graduated in 2004. She’s replacing Amy Stephens, who left Drake after nine seasons. Stephens claimed she resigned because she and school had different visions for the program’s future. The Bulldogs finished with an 18-16 record this past season.