AMES, Iowa – Beloved Cyclone basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has chosen to move on.
Hoiberg is moving to the big league in the NBA as head coach of the Chicago Bulls. He replaces Tom Thibodeau, who was dropped from the position on May 28.
Hoiberg, an Ames native and favorite in the Hawkeye state, has been a coach at Iowa State University for the last five years. In that time, he guided the Cyclones to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in school history. According to the school, he was also the fastest coach to reach 100 wins in school history.
During his time with the team, he earned the nickname “The Mayor,” given the fact he received multiple write-in votes in the 1993 Ames mayoral race.
After the 2013 season, the Iowa State Athletics Department agreed to a 10-year, $20 million contract to keep Hoiberg on the bench through 2023.
He’s no stranger to the NBA, playing for coaches like Larry Brown and Larry Bird at Indiana. He says Tim Floyd in Chicago and Flip Saunders with Kevin McHale in Minnesota helped shape his coaching beliefs.
He ended his career in the NBA in 2005 after 10 seasons due to a heart ailment, and moved on to spend the next three years as assistant general manager for the Timberwolves.
Despite more recent heart issues, Hoiberg is set to take this big next step, with his wife and four children at his side.
To learn more about Hoiberg’s history with the Cyclones and to see his previous career highlights. Visit the Cyclones’ website. http://bit.ly/1BrNZEb
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