University of Nebraska announces Hoiberg as next basketball coach

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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - The University of Nebraska has confirmed that Fred Hoiberg will be the next coach of men's basketball team.

The 46-year-old Hoiberg has worked out a deal with Nebraska, sources at the school confirmed to 6 News.

Athletic Director Bill Moos will make the official announcement during a Tuesday press conference.

“Lincoln is a special place for our family. I was born in Lincoln, my grandfather Jerry Bush was the head coach at Nebraska, my other grandfather was a long-time professor there, and my parents are proud graduates of the University of Nebraska. Nebraska has always felt like a second home," Hoiberg said in the press release officially announcing his position.

Hoiberg was born in Lincoln, where his grandfather Jerry Bush was the head basketball coach at the University of Nebraska from 1954-1963.


Hoiberg graduated from Iowa State, where he was a Big Eight all-conference guard for the Cyclones. He also played in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hoiberg returned to Iowa State in 2010 to become the head basketball coach at his alma mater. He took the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament four times during his coaching career. Hoiberg left Iowa State in 2015 to become the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Hoiberg was fired from the Bulls in 2018, after a disappointing start to the season.

“When you look at him, you see an individual who has had success as a player and a coach,” Moos said. “Fred’s background will sell itself on the recruiting trail, and help us bring in the type of student-athletes needed to compete at the highest level. His style of play not only will be appealing to prospective recruits but will also provide our great fans an entertaining brand of basketball.”

The University of Nebraska and Hoiberg agreed to a seven-year, $25 million deal.