BS Finance ’95
Although he has now moved on to the highest level of basketball coaching, former Iowa State University head men’s basketball coach and player Fred Hoiberg left an indelible mark on ISU during his time at the helm of the Cyclone program.
Hoiberg is currently head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls after coaching five seasons in Ames – a coaching stint that concluded with back-to-back Big 12 Conference tournament titles, record season ticket sales, and the crowning of former Cyclone forward Melvin Ejim as the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hoiberg’s success at ISU captured national attention, including a visit to Ames from ESPN for the popular TV program “College GameDay.”
Hoiberg also used his success and notoriety at Iowa State to champion a number of important causes, particularly the American Heart Association. He has raised thousands of dollars for the organization through such programs as Shots From the Heart and the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. He is a member of the board of directors for Camp Odayin for children with heart disease. Hoiberg’s former players describe him as a trusted mentor, not just in the sport of basketball but in the challenges of life.
Hoiberg, who holds an honorary doctorate from Grand View University, has been inducted into of the National High School Hall of Fame, the Iowa State University Athletics Hall of Fame, and the Iowa Hall of Heroes.
He and his wife, Carol ('94 marketing), are members of the Order of the Knoll and Cyclone Club, as well as life members of the ISU Alumni Association.
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