The longest tenured womens basketball coach in the Iowa conference is stepping down. After 27 years as womens basketball coach at Luther college, Jane Hildebrand is leaving the position to become the school’s assistant dean for student life.

Hildebrand, whose 438 career wins ranked 27th on the Division 3 womens all-time list, says the timing was right. Hildebrand says she just accepted the position two weeks ago and it was an opportunity that she didn’t think would come about again soon, and it was the right time to make the change.

Hildebrand says she’s happy to continue to serve the Luther college community. She says it’s a “blessing and an honor” to be a part of the school and she says the school has been important in her development as an individual and she looks to continue it.

Hildebrand won seven Iowa conference championships, made the NCAA tournament nine times finishing 3rd in 1992, and 5 times was named Iowa conference coach of the year.

By Darin Svenson KDEC Decorah