GRINNELL, Iowa – Dana Harrold has been named head women’s basketball coach at Grinnell College, according to Director of Athletics and Recreation Greg Wallace. Harrold becomes the 10th Pioneer women’s basketball coach in program history after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Dubuque since 2006.
A native of Jesup, Iowa, Harrold gained her bachelor’s degree from Dubuque before earning her master’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Administration from Loras College in 2006.
With Harrold’s assistance, UD compiled the most wins in program history for a six-year period (89) and qualified for the Iowa Conference Tournament four of the past six seasons.
In 2011-12, the Spartans broke the school record for most conference wins in a season with 10 while posting 15 overall wins, second-most in school history.
They continued that success in 2012-13, setting a school record for wins with 20 while advancing to the championship game of the Iowa Conference Tournament.
As a Spartan, Harrold started every game of her record-setting four-year career. She was a three-time All-Iowa Conference player, two-year captain and team most valuable player, and was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior.
Harrold ended her career as the Spartans’ all-time leader in assists and steals and ranks second in scoring. She was inducted into the University of Dubuque’s Hall of Fame in the fall of 2011.
"Dana has been an important member of our coaching staff and made valuable contributions to our recent team successes," commented athletic director Dan Runkle. "She was an outstanding player at UD, and we wish her the best as she begins her career as the head coach for Grinnell."