Ned Postels, (1947 B.S.E.) arrived at Iowa in 1943. His presence was immediately felt on the basketball court as the Hawks earned their first men’s basketball Big Ten Championship in 1944-45. Postels presence is still felt within the department, through a recent, generous gift he made to endow an intercollegiate athletics scholarship.
In his time in the black and gold, Postels was known as a defensive specialist, and spent time both in the guard court and at forward. Postels originally competed for South Dakota State University in Brookings. After winning a conference championship with the Jackrabbits in 1942-43, Postels was looking for a larger school and the opportunity to study civil engineering, so he called Head Men’s Basketball Coach Lawrence “Pops” Harrison about an opportunity. Postels recalls that he “had a good game against Iowa the season before,” and thought Harrison might be open to helping him transfer to Iowa. Pops agreed, and Postels spent the next three seasons competing for some of the best teams in Iowa basketball history.
Postels, the former owner of Grinnell Beverage, established the Ned and Reba Postels Family Athletic Scholarship with a $50,000 outright gift. Reba, a 1946 UI Graduate, passed away in 2009.
To this day, Postels feels a strong sense of gratitude for his time at Iowa, although he did not receive scholarship support as a student-athlete. “I received help in finding a good job on campus, I had the opportunity to play basketball every day, and I was able to earn a degree from the University of Iowa - all of it was a privilege.”