One of the top assistant coaches on Iowa’s basketball staff is leaving the program, according to a report from Chad Leistikow of Hawk Central.

According to the report, Andrew Francis is leaving the program for another coaching position, though the details were not available at the time. He spent nine years on Fran McCaffery’s staff in Iowa City and is the first assistant to leave.

Francis was also the interim head coach for Iowa during McCaffery’s two-game suspension near the end of the season.

Before Francis’ departure, the Hawkeyes had the longest-tenured staff in the B1G.

Francis was known as an exceptional basketball mind and was an excellent recruiter. He was a huge reason for Iowa’s success on the court and his departure is certainly a significant loss for the Hawkeyes.

Prior to arriving at Iowa, Francis was also a member of McCaffery’s staff at Sienna from 2007-10.