Moe Iba

Moe Iba (born May 31, 1939)

Teams coached: Memphis State Tigers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, TCU Horned Frogs
Memphis State record: 37-65 (.363)
Nebraska record: 106-71 (.599)
TCU record: 96-108 (.471)
Overall record: 239-244 (.495)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1986)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  5  (1967, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1987-1994 TCU
1986-1987 Drake (asst)
1980-1986 Nebraska
1972-1980 Nebraska (asst)
1966-1970 Memphis State
1962-1966 Texas Western (asst)

Moe Iba Facts

  • Henry Iba Jr.
  • Born May 31, 1939
  • Hometown: Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: Oklahoma State University (BA, 1962)
  • Son of Hall of Fame head coach Henry Iba; Moe Iba was born and raised in Stillwater, OK
  • Started his coaching career right away, spending four seasons as an assistant under Don Haskins at Texas Western (now UTEP)
    • Was part of the coaching staff for the 1965-66 season, in which the Miners beat Kentucky to become to first team with an all African-American starting lineup to win an NCAA National Championship
    • The season was later depicted in the 2006 film Glory Road, with Iba being portrayed by actor Evan Jones
  • Became a head coach in 1966, taking over the program at Memphis State
    • Went 17-9 in his first season there, but won less than 10 games in each of his final three
  • Returned to the role of an assistant in 1970, spending the next ten seasons on Joe Cipriano‘s staff at Nebraska
    • Took over as the Huskers’ head coach in 1980 when Cipriano’s health forced him to step down
      • Though Cipriano was unable to coach, he was on the sideline for most of the season and the Big Eight later awarded the conference COY honor in to both head coaches
    • Finished above .500 in each of his six seasons as Nebraska head coach, going to the NIT three times and the NCAA Tournament in 1986
  • After one season assisting Gary Garner at Drake, Iba was hired in 1987 to be the head coach at TCU
    • Went 96-108 in seven seasons, highlighted by a 23-11 campaign in 1991-92 that ended in the second round of the NIT
    • Resigned after the 1993-94 season with a total of 239 head coaching victories in his long career

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