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Hoiberg Ready To Lead Cyclones


(Ames)(KWWL) The Mayor is back for another term.

Fred Hoiberg – a favorite son and native of Ames, a Cyclone basketball legend, a 10-year NBA veteran and, most recently, an executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves – was introduced Wednesday in front of a packed audience in the Jacobson Athletic Building as the 19th head men's basketball coach in Iowa State University history.
"The opportunity to return to my hometown and my alma mater can certainly be described as a dream come true," Hoiberg said. "I am very humbled to receive this opportunity and appreciate the confidence that Dr. (Gregory) Geoffroy and Jamie Pollard have shown in me. It's a Hollywood script for me to take the reins of a program that I cheered for as a kid, played for as a collegian and followed closely for more than a decade as an alum."
"Today, is certainly a proud day for all Cyclones as we welcome back a true legend," Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. "Four years ago, Fred expressed interest in our head coaching position and he's been on my short list ever since. It did not take very long for me to see his passion, his quiet confidence and his plan to have success in our men's basketball program. Based upon his personal experiences, Fred is better equipped and positioned than anyone to take the reins of this program."
"I am delighted to welcome back to campus one of the most revered student-athletes in Iowa State University history," President Dr. Gregory Geoffroy said. "We are all familiar and proud of the distinguished career of Fred. Bringing an All-American – both in the classroom and on the basketball court – back to our staff is cause for celebration and it's even more thrilling since he is a native son."
Hoiberg just completed his first year as Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, a role in which he oversaw day-to-day operations of the basketball program including college and pro scouting, salary cap management and NBA Draft preparations. Prior to that, he worked three years as the club's assistant general manager.
It was Hoiberg's play at Hilton Coliseum in the 1990s, however, that endeared him to Cyclone fans. One of the school's most-admired competitors, Hoiberg averaged 15.8 points and is the school's third all-time leading scorer (1,993 points).
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