discover sharpshooting college basketball star, Caitlin Clark’s key to success with the iowa hawkeyes as she navigates the new world of Name, image, likeness (NIL).
“They pushed me around quite a bit,” Caitlin laughs. “I give them a lot of credit for making me who I am, making me tough.” That fierce competitive spirit is now translating to unrivaled success as a sophomore at the University of Iowa.
In less than two seasons as a Hawkeye, Caitlin has shattered school records and is recognized as one of the top players in the country. She’s also part of the first generation of college athletes to launch their own brands and sponsorships, and is Hy-Vee’s first NCAA athlete partner.
Height: 6'0" Age: 20
Position: Point Guard Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
• Co-National Freshman of the Year (2021)
• Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2021)
• Fastest Big Ten women’s basketball player
to reach 1,000 career points (40 games)
Career Stats (as of Jan. 2022):
• Points per Game: 26.2
• Total Points: 1,102
• Three-Pointers Made: 142
• Assists: 299
Sports have always bonded Caitlin and her family. Her dad was her first coach, and formerly played basketball and baseball at Simpson College. In total, 11 family members have played sports at the college level, including older brother Blake, a football player at Iowa State. Caitlin credits her parents’ role in instilling the confidence she exhibits on and off the court, and for encouraging her to set the bar high. “Growing up and having people that really support and care about you and build you up is the biggest thing,” Caitlin says. “And that really was my family for me.” That same support has been instrumental as her success has launched her into the spotlight. Her entire family has pitched in to help her manage her new fame and field sponsorship requests. “That’s my backbone, my family,” Caitlin says.
From her very first shot, Caitlin’s family encouraged her to aim high.
aitlin Clark may have been picked on while trying to keep up with her older brother and cousins playing basketball, but she wouldn’t have changed a thing.
going for gold
As a member of Team USA for three FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cups, Caitlin has won three gold medals in 2017, 2019 and 2021. In 2021, she was named MVP of the tournament and landed on the five-member all-tournament team.
Close to Home
Ranked No. 4 in the 2020 college recruiting class,
Caitlin had offers from schools all across the country.
After visiting schools coast to coast, Caitlin chose to stay in
the Midwest, where her parents could drive to home games. Finding a program with room on their roster was also part of her decision. “I wanted to be able to impact the team right away when I stepped on the court as a freshman,” Caitlin says. With an
open guard position, University of Iowa was the perfect fit.
• Father, Brent Clark, Simpson college basketball and baseball.
• Brother, Blake Clark, Iowa State football.
• Cousin, Audrey Faber, Creighton University basketball.
• Uncle, Tom Faber, Drake University and Utica College basketball.
Legacy of Success
Caitlin shares skills and competitiveness with several family members, including:
On the Importance of Family
“I always turn to my family whenever I need something. I don’t think you could ask for anybody better than your own family to help you, with really anything in life. They’re always the people that I turn to.” –Caitlin Clark