Clarence Iba

Clarence Iba (1909-1997)

Teams coached: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa record^: 137-147 (.482)
Overall record^: 137-147 (.482)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1955)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1955)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1953)
  • Missouri Valley Regular Season Champion:  1  (1955)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1949-1960 Tulsa
1936-1937 Panhandle A&M
1935-1936 Oklahoma A&M (asst/freshmen)

Clarence Iba Facts

  • Clarence Victor Iba
  • Born April 20, 1909
  • Died April 21, 1999
  • Hometown: Easton, Missouri
  • Alma Mater: Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College (BA, 1933)
  • His older brother is Hall of Fame coach Henry “Hank” Iba, who coached Clarence at Northwest Missouri State and later won two NCAA National Championships at Oklahoma A&M (now State)
  • One of his first coaching jobs was as the freshman coach at Oklahoma A&M where his brother had become the head men’s basketball coach in 1934
  • Clarence also coached at the high school level in Missouri and Illinois, compiling a total HS recored of 221-61
  • Went 14-6 in one season as the head coach at Panhandle A&M (1936-37)
  • Hired in 1949 to be the first full-time basketball coach at Tulsa, taking over at a school that had never had any relevance as a major basketball program
    • Coached the Golden Hurricane for 11 seasons, highlighted by the 1954-55 season when his team finished 20-8 (8-2), won the MVC title and reached the Sweet Sixteen
    • In 1952, his Tulsa team defeated a #16 Oklahoma State team coached by his brother
    • Left Tulsa in 1960 with 137 wins, then the most in program history (since surpassed)
  • Inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame (c/o 1994) and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (c/o 1992)
  • After his coaching career, he worked in the private sector as a marketing executive in Fort Worth, TX
  • Passed away in 1997 a day after his 88th birthday; survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their three children

Clarence Iba Coaching Tree

  • Gene Iba (Pittsburg State, Baylor, Houston Baptist)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only