Seriously though, how cool is Iowa State Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg‘s life?
The Iowa-born Hoiberg was a multi-sport athlete at Ames High School, where he was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball in 1991 before playing four years for the Cyclones under legendary coach Johnny Orr.
The Academic All-American then parlayed that into a 10-year NBA career, kicked off by a selection as the 52nd overall in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. Hoiberg played four seasons in Indiana before signing as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls who at the time were coached by Tim Floyd, who coached Hoiberg during his senior season at Iowa State.
Despite few personal accolades during his NBA career, Hoiberg did make the playoffs three times.
Hoiberg finished his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and retired to take a front office position with the Timberwolves in 2005 before Iowa State snatched him up for the 2010-’11 season.
Not to mention, during that time, Hoiberg had his No.32 Cyclones jersey retired in the rafters of Hilton Colliseum and gained induction into the National High School Hall of Fame. Hell, before he even finished his playing career for the Cyclones, Hoiberg’s popularity caused people to add him to the Ames mayoral ballot, which led to Hoiberg earning the nickname, “The Mayor.
The man had that kind of clout before he even had to pay for his own health insurance.
Then there’s the matter of Hoiberg having an immediate impact on the Iowa State program after being named the coach of the Cyclones.
In his first season as head coach, Hoiberg led the Cyclones to their first .500 season in five years. Hoiberg then followed that up with a 23-11 season that culminated with a Big 12 Conference Co-Coach Of the Year award for Hoiberg, along with Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self after Iowa State made it all the way to the third round of the NCAA Tournament a year after winning just 16 games.
Currently, the Cyclones hold a 16-6 record in a season in which Hoiberg has four-star recruit Georges Niang on the roster, with four-star players Matt Thomas and Monte Morris signed for next season.
Iowa State averages 78.7 points, 40.1 rebounds and 16.3 assists per-game, good for 11th, 16th and 12th-best in the country, respectively.
All in all, it looks like the Mayor is enjoying a pretty successful term in office. Here’s to four more years (at least).
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