Joe Cipriano

Joe Cipriano (1931-1980)

Teams coached: Idaho Vandals, Nebraska Cornhuskers
Idaho record: 43-35 (.551)
Nebraska record: 254-196 (.564)
Overall record: 297-231 (.563)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  3  (1967, 1978, 1980)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1963-1980 Nebraska
1960-1963 Idaho
1953-1960 Washington (asst)

Joe Cipriano Facts

  • Joe Cipriano
  • Born October 27, 1931
  • Died November 25, 1980
  • Hometown: Sumas, Washington
  • Alma Mater: University of Washington (BA, 1953)
  • Played at Washington under head coach Tippy Dye; started for the 1952-53 squad that reached the NCAA Final Four
  • Started coaching at Washington right away, serving as the freshman coach and as one of Dye’s assistants
    • Also spent one year on the staff of new Huskies’ head coach John Grayson
  • Hired in 1960 to be the head coach at Idaho, going 43-35 in three seasons with the Vandals
    • Coached future Hall of Famer Gus Johnson in 1962-63, his only season playing at Idaho
  • Left Idaho for Nebraska in 1963, hired by his former coach and new NU athletic director Tippy Dye
    • Went 254-196 over 17 seasons, reaching three NITs and winning three Big Eight COY awards
    • Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1980, forcing him to step away from the sidelines
  • Passed away from cancer at age 49; survived by his three children and his second wife, Marva

Joe Cipriano Coaching Tree

  • Wayne Anderson (Idaho)
  • Rex Hughes (San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Kent State)
  • Moe Iba (TCU, Nebraska)