Who is Fred Hoiberg? 20 things you may not know about Nebraska's new basketball coach

Fred Hoiberg has his No. 32 jersey retired by Iowa State, one of seven players in program history to receive that honor. The others: Gary Thompson, Zaid Abdul-Aziz, Jeff Grayer, Jeff Hornacek, Waldo Wegner and Barry Stevens.

Think you know everything there is to know about new Nebraska men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg? Well, here are 20 bits of trivia that may be new information for fans:

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1. Fred Hoiberg was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 15, 1972. His mom, Karen, grew up there, and his dad, Eric, was a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

2. Hoiberg is the second member of his family to coach the Husker men's basketball team. His grandfather is Jerry Bush, who went 81-132 in nine seasons at Nebraska from 1955-63.

3. When Fred's father completed his doctorate in sociology in 1974, he had job offers from Kansas and Iowa State. He chose Iowa State and moved the family to Ames when Fred was a toddler. How different would his life have been, though, if someone at UNL offered Eric Hoiberg a job instead?

4. Despite growing up in Ames, Iowa, Fred Hoiberg was actually a big Husker football fan. As a kid he frequently watched an old recording of the Game of the Century. “I wasn’t alive, but my parents had a video,” Hoiberg said in 2015. “That was the best.”

5. Hoiberg excelled as a high school athlete. He was the starting quarterback for Ames High School and also starred on the hardwood. He led the basketball team to a state championship in 1991 and was named Iowa's Mr. Basketball.

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6. Hoiberg had an opportunity to play football at Nebraska. Tom Osborne offered him a scholarship, and Hoiberg says Osborne once called him from the tunnel before a game. “We were hoping he’d want to play football, but I think basketball was his first love," Osborne said years ago. "They were pretty well rooted in the Ames community, too.”

7. How popular was Hoiberg in Ames? He earned the nickname "The Mayor" and even received some write-in votes in the city's mayoral election in 1993. His family has also adopted the nickname. His mother, Karen, uses the Twitter handle @mayorsmom1 and his wife, Carol, uses @mayorswife32.

8. You'll find Hoiberg's name all over the Iowa State record books. He holds the school record for consecutive free throws made (34 in 1992) and is tied for most steals in a game (7 in 1991). He ranks fourth in career points (1,993), eighth in career rebounds (748), 12th in career assists (350) and fourth in career steals (207). His career field-goal percentage (.510) ranks 15th, career free-throw percentage (.844) ranks sixth and career 3-point percentage (.400) ranks eighth. He started 123 games in his career (fourth) and had a streak of 43 straight games scoring in double figures (fifth longest).

9. Hoiberg has his No. 32 jersey retired by Iowa State, one of seven players in program history to receive that honor. The others: Gary Thompson, Zaid Abdul-Aziz, Jeff Grayer, Jeff Hornacek, Waldo Wegner and Barry Stevens.

10. The Indiana Pacers selected Hoiberg with the 52nd overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft. Some other notable players drafted that year: Kevin Garnett, Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace. Hoiberg went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA.

11. Hoiberg led the NBA with a .483 3-point percentage during the 2004-05 season while he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Hoiberg didn't get invited to participate in the 3-point contest during All-Star weekend. Who did? Quentin Richardson (winner), Ray Allen, Joe Johnson, Voshon Lenard, Kyle Korver and Vladimir Radmanovic.

12. Hoiberg learned from some legendary coaches during his career. He Played for Johnny Orr at Iowa State, Larry Brown and Larry Bird with the Pacers, and Flip Saunders with the Timberwolves.

13. In the summer of 2005, Hoiberg discovered he had an enlarged aortic root in his heart. That required open-heart surgery to replace it and he also had a pacemaker installed. Though Hoiberg briefly considered returning to the NBA, that heart condition eventually led to his retirement. Hoiberg underwent open-heart surgery again in 2015 but remains in good health.

14. After his playing career ended, Hoiberg took a job in the Minnesota Timberwolves' front office, first as an assistant general manager before eventually being promoted to vice president of basketball operations.

15. Hoiberg didn't have any coaching experience when he became head coach at Iowa State in 2010. But that didn't seem to hold him back. He became the fastest coach in program history to win 100 games and led the Cyclones to four straight NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet 16 berth in 2014.

16. Hoiberg will square off with Greg McDermott each year when Nebraska plays Creighton. In a little bit of irony, McDermott was Hoiberg's predecessor at Iowa State.

17. And Hoiberg has another connection to the McDermott family. Hoiberg coached Doug McDermott with the Chicago Bulls from 2015-17.

18. Hoiberg met his wife, Carol, in high school and they attended Iowa State together. They have four kids — Paige, Jack and twins Sam and Charlie. And Hoiberg has passed a love for basketball down to his children. Paige works as a student office assistant for the Kansas men's basketball program, and Jack is a walk-on basketball player at Michigan State.

19. Hoiberg will have some more family with him at Nebraska. His niece, Emma, who graduated from Omaha Central, works as a student assistant in the Husker men's basketball office.

20. And last but not least, Hoiberg has some killer dance moves... 

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