Jess Settles Biography

Jess Settles is an athlete and well-known head men’s basketball coach at Iowa. He attained his basketball coaching at Mount Pleasant Community High School and Southeastern Community College in Burlington. In 1993, he won the Iowa Mr. Basketball award as the best Winfield-Mt. Union high school boys basketball player. As a former IWU head coach and College Basketball Analyst, Jess earned achievements and trophies. Later, he focused on helping his dad Steve Settles’s family farm business, so he resigned from Iowa Wesleyan College as head men’s basketball coach in march 2013.

Early Life

Jess Settles was born on 7th July 1974 and was raised in Iowa with his brother Jake Steeles and other siblings. He went to the Winfield Mt. Union High School in Winfield, Iowa. His father, Steve Settles, and his uncle, Gary Settles, work together on a farm for raw-crop operations while Mary, his mother was an elementary school principal. His uncle Gary Settles’s children – Allison and Lincoln, were also well-known athletes in Winfield.

Jess Settles Career

Jess began his professional basketball career during his high school days. He was three-time at state selection Winfield-Mt. Union High School. His athletic ability on the floor makes him one of the nation’s top forward prospects at Winfield-Mt. Union High School. Later, He signed with Iowa and took the Big Ten by storm. At the University of Iowa, he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the third-team all-conference in his freshman season. He was named the First team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media in his third season at Iowa.

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Settles suffered a back injury because of which his playing time was limited for one season, but still, he kept trying to make the chance to play. He is still counted among the top leaders in many categories at Iowa, where made career-high ranks like 5th in three-point field goal attempts (321), 6th in career scoring (1,611), and had various career goals like career field goals (581) and three-point field goals (113), etc. He grabbed the Co-Most Valuable Player and also shared the Captain’s Award during his final season for Hawkeye. 

When he was a youngster, Jess had a passion for working as a television analyst. He got the chance to step into the world of journalism and media. Jake has loved chasing written word puzzles since childhood. He also wrote a weekly column called “Above the Rim” for his hometown newspaper in Winfield.

Social Media

Jess is active on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram. As of 2022, Jess Settles joined Twitter in February 2016 and has 9,498 subscribers @JessSettlesHoop on his Twitter account.

In an interview, Tom Davis (Jess Settles’s Basketball coach at Iowa) said that.

 “He was just so unselfish……He’d work hard for all the right reasons……. He wasn’t doing it to get himself glory….and played to help his team.”

Jess Settles Biography

Real Name Jess Settles
Birth Date 7 July 1974
Age (as of 2022) 48 Years
Birth Place United States
Profession Basketball Player
College The University of Iowa
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 7” – in Centimeters – 206 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 100 kg  –  in Pounds –  220 lbs
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown


Father Steve Settles
Mother Mary Settles
Brother Jake Settles

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Joanna Settles
Children Three (Jama, Josie & Julia)
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Personal Life

Jess Settles married Joanna, a forward on the basketball team under Robin Becker-Pingeton at St. Ambrose University. Later, his wife Joanna became the girl’s basketball coach at Mount Pleasant High School. The couple is blessed with three daughters from this marriage.

In one of his interviews, he said that –

 “I’ve got hair dye in the bathroom. I’ve got makeup. I’ve got eyeliner. It’s out of control. I have more products in there than my three daughters – Julia (10 Years old), Josie (12 Years old), and Jema (15 Years old). It’s embarrassing.”

Jess Settles Net Worth

Jess is 46 years old former basketball star player at Iowa. He was involved in basketball as a head coach and broadcasting for the Big Ten Network. Apart from this, he was engaged in farming and lived a luxurious lifestyle. However, Jess Settles estimated net worth around to be $8 Million.


  • Jess was named the league’s freshman of the year in 1994 after averaging 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and shooting 57.4 percent from the field.
  • He was a first-team all-Big Ten selection in 1996, and his back was a hot mess.
  • He entered the 1999 NBA Draft and attended the pre-draft camp in Chicago, but his back injury limited his ability.
  • After his recovery, he returned to Iowa but played only three games in 1996-97, none in 1997-98, and 28 in 1998-99. He finished his games with 1,611 points and 747 rebounds.

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