Gene Iba

Gene Iba (born November 5, 1940)

Current position: Houston Baptist Huskies, Baylor Bears, Pittsburg State Gorillas
Houston Baptist record: 128-96 (.571)
Baylor record: 98-106 (.480)
Pittsburg State record^: 261-172 (.603)
Overall record^: 487-374 (.566)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1984, 1988)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1987)
  • TAAC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1981, 1984)
  • MIAA (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (1999)
  • TAAC Tournament Champion:  1  (1984)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  5  (1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1995-2010 Pittsburg State
1985-1992 Baylor
1977-1985 Houston Baptist
1972-1977 UTEP (asst)
1966-1968 Oklahoma State (grad. asst)

Gene Iba Facts

  • Clarence Eugene Iba
  • Born November 5, 1940
  • Hometown: Joplin, Missouri
  • Alma Mater: University of Tulsa (BS, 1963) / Oklahoma State University (M.Ed, 1968)
  • The son of former Tulsa head coach Clarence Iba and the nephew of Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba
  • Played for his father at Tulsa, then started his coaching career at the Navy Supply Corps School
  • Joined his uncle’s staff at Oklahoma State as a graduate assistant in 1966 and earned his master’s in 1968
  • Spent one year as athletic director at Cleveland HS (St. Louis), then three years as head coach at Roosevelt HS (also in St. Louis)
    • Won the city championship with Roosevelt in 1972 with a record of 20-6
  • Became an assistant at UTEP in 1972, spending five seasons working under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins
  • Hired as head coach at Houston Baptist in 1977, leading the Huskies for eight seasons
    • Compiled a 128-96 record overall, winning the TAAC (now A-Sun) title in 1981 and 1984
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament in 1984, the first D-I appearance in program history
  • Left HBU for Baylor in 1985, going 98-106 over the next seven seasons
    • Reached the NIT in 1987 and the NCAA Tournament in 1988
    • Let go in 1992 following back-to-back sub-.500 seasons
  • After a few years out of coaching, Iba was hired in 1995 to be the head coach at D-II Pittsburg State (KS)
    • Went 261-172 during his tenure at PSU, reaching the D-II NCAA Tournament five times
    • Inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame in 2019
  • Retired from coaching in 2010 after over 40 years in the profession
  • Along with his wife, Sandy, has three daughters

Gene Iba Coaching Tree

  • Kim Anderson (Pittsburg State, Missouri, Central Missouri)
  • Tim Jankovich (SMU, Illinois State, Hutchinson CC, North Texas)
  • Danny Kaspar (Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Incarnate Word)
  • Bob Marlin (Louisiana, Sam Houston State, Pensacola JC)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels