New NBA Coach Profile: Fred Hoiberg (Chicago Bulls)

Ryan Loftis By Ryan Loftis, 3rd Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A profile of Fred Hoiberg, the new head coach of the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

Early Years

Born on Oct. 15, 1972, in Lincoln, Neb., Fred Hoiberg grew up in Ames, Iowa. In 1991, he led Ames High School to the state championship and was named Iowa's Mr. Basketball. Basketball wasn't the only sport Hoiberg excelled at: He was named Gatorade's Iowa Player of the Year in football.

Iowa State

In his first season at Iowa State University, Hoiberg made 34 consecutive free throws, a school record, and was named A.P. Big Eight Freshman of the Year. The 6-4 Hoiberg led the team in rebounding as a sophomore. Hoiberg was named second-team All-Big Eight in his junior year. As a senior, Hoiberg earned All-America and first-team all-league honors and was named Co-Big Eight Male Athlete of the Year. Iowa State retired Hoiberg's jersey in February 1997.


The Indiana Pacers selected Hoiberg with the 52nd overall pick in the 1995 draft. After four years with the Pacers, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls, with whom he spent another four years. Hoiberg signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves in August 2003. He led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage in the 2004-05 season, which proved to be his last as a player. He underwent open heart surgery in June 2005 and retired the following April. During his 10-year career Hoiberg averaged 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Hoiberg spent the next four seasons in the Timberwolves' front office, three as assistant general manager and the final one as vice president of basketball operations.

Head Cyclone

Hoiberg returned to Iowa State as the men's basketball team's head coach in April 2010. The Cyclones had endured four consecutive losing seasons prior to Hoiberg's arrival and finished 16-16 in his first season. Iowa State won at least 23 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the next four seasons and won Big 12 championships in 2014 and 2015. The Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year in 2012, Hoiberg won 100 games faster than any other coach in school history. In Hoiberg's final two seasons, the Cyclones led the nation by winning 18 games against Top 25 teams. Hoiberg compiled an overall 115-56 record in five seasons at Iowa State.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls announced Hoiberg as their new head coach on June 2, 2015. Bulls general manager Gar Forman praised Hoiberg for having "a terrific package of skills: a winning coach, a natural leader, and a great communicator." Forman had been an assistant coach during Hoiberg's senior year at Iowa State and was a Bulls scout when Hoiberg played in Chicago.

Hoiberg has a tough act to follow. His predecessor, Tom Thibodeau, won 65 percent of his games in five seasons on Chicago's bench, led the Bulls to the playoffs every year, and was named the 2010-11 Coach of the Year. Although he led the Bulls to their most successful era since the glory days of the 1990s, friction with the team's front office led to Thibodeau's dismissal.


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I graduated from Central Michigan University with a journalism degree and have been a freelance writer for various print and online publications since then.

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