CEDAR FALLS — A new storyline has emerged for Northern Iowa’s annual women’s basketball game against Iowa State.

UNI head coach Tanya Warren has announced the addition of Steven Fennelly, son of Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly, to her staff for the upcoming season. The younger Fennelly will work with UNI’s post players and serve as the recruiting coordinator, replacing Adam DeJoode who resigned after eight seasons on Warren’s staff.

“We’re happy to add someone with Steven’s experience and background this late in the process,” Warren said in a Tuesday press release. “Steven comes from a great basketball family and I know that coaching runs through his blood. He shows true passion and energy for the game, and has experience working with student-athletes on a daily basis. We’re excited to continue the great tradition of Panther basketball and we believe Steven will help do that.”

Fennelly graduated from Iowa State in 2007 and also received his master’s degree from the school in 2013. During that time, he worked four seasons as a student manager and two as the head video coordinator for his dad’s program that reached eight NCAA Tournaments including a trip to the Elite Eight and two Sweet 16 appearances.

Prior to accepting this job, Fennelly spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Cal State Fullerton before he was hired as an assistant by Idaho entering the 2016-17 season.

“I’m excited to return to the state that I love,” Fennelly said. “I’m happy for the opportunity Coach Warren has given me and I’m thrilled to work with such a respected coaching staff. I’m looking forward to continuing the success of this program and excited to get to work.”

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