Fred Hoiberg

Fred Hoiberg (born October 15, 1972)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Iowa State record: 115-56 (.673)
Nebraska record: 63-94 (.401)
Overall record^: 178-150 (.543)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Nebraska
2015-2018 Chicago Bulls
2010-2015 Iowa State

Fred Hoiberg Facts

  • Fredrick Kristian Hoiberg
  • Born October 15, 1972
  • Hometown: Ames, Iowa
  • Alma Mater: Iowa State University (BA, 1999)
  • Born in Lincoln, Nebraska but raised in Ames, Iowa, where his father was a professor at Iowa State
    • Starred at Ames HS, where he led the team to a state championship title in 1991 and was named Mr. Basketball in Iowa
    • His grandfather was former Toledo and Nebraska head basketball coach Jerry Bush
  • Played for four years at Iowa State under head coaches Johnny Orr and Tim Floyd
    • Earned the nickname “The Mayor” after he received several write-in votes during his hometown’s 1993 mayoral election
    • Named to the All-Big Eight First Team in 1995 as a senior and had his number #32 retired by the school
  • Drafted 52nd overall in the 1995 by the Indiana Pacers, playing for the team for four years
    • Spent a total of ten seasons in the NBA, playing for the Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Played for a number of head coaches during his career, including Larry Brown, Larry Bird, Bill Cartwright, Flip Saunders, Kevin McHale and his former ISU coach Floyd
    • Known for his shooting, Hoiberg was a career .396 shooter from beyond the arc and led the league in 2004-05 (.483)
    • Underwent successful surgery in June 2005 to correct an enlarged aortic root and announced his retirement in April 2006
      • Later had another surgery – in April 2015 – to replace his aortic valve at the Mayo Clinic
  • His first job after playing was in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ front office; he played his final two seasons with the franchise
  • Returned to his alma mater in April 2010 to become the Cyclones’ new head coach, his first coaching job at any level
    • A fan-favorite off the court, Hoiberg also had success on it from the start; won 23 games and reached the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in his second season
    • Received a 10-year contract extension after the 2012-13 season, during which he led the team back to the Big Dance
    • In his final two years as the ISU head coach, Hoiberg led the team to back-to-back Big 12 Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths (with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014)
    • Became the fastest head coach to get their 100th win in program history, doing so in just 148 games on NYE 2014
  • Left Iowa State in June 2015, signing a five-year, $25 million deal to be head coach of the Chicago Bulls, another former team
    • Went 42-40 and 41-41 in his first two seasons and then dropped down to 27-55 in year three
      • Made the NBA Playoffs just once, a first round exit in 2017
    • After starting the 2018-19 season 5-19, Hoiberg was fired on December 3, 2018 and replaced by assoc. HC Jim Boylen
  • Hired in March 2019 to be the new head coach at Nebraska, signing a seven-year deal reportedly worth $25 million
    • Through his first four seasons, Hoiberg was just 40-83 with the Huskers and did not go to the postseason at all
    • In 2023-24, the team won 22 games, finished 3rd in the Big Ten (12-8) and earned an NCAAT bid; Hoiberg was named Co-COY

Fred Hoiberg Coaching Tree


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