Since 1963, Nebraska has had six basketball coaches before hiring Fred Hoiberg. Plenty has been written about Danny Nee’s time at NU and his success with the program in the ’90s, but others didn’t fare as well.

Led by Nee, NU missed the school record for season wins by one, ending his first season with a 76-67 overtime win over Arkansas-Little Rock in the third-place game of the NIT.

First season: 1986-87

Record: 21-12

Conference (Big Eight): 7-7 (fifth)

Previous season: Led by Moe Iba, the Huskers went 19-11 and 8-6 in the Big Eight

Postseason: lost in NIT semifinals to Southern Mississippi 82-75

Summary: The Huskers had their 14th straight winning season and made their fifth straight postseason appearance. Brian Carr, a second-team All-Big Eight pick, ended his career with a program-record 682 assists.

Here’s a breakdown of Nebraska’s other coaches since 1963:

Tim Miles

First season: 2012-13

Record: 15-18

Conference (Big Ten): 5-13 (10th)

Previous season: Led by Doc Sadler, NU went 12-18 and 4-14 in Big Ten

Postseason: None

Summary: Miles became the first Nebraska coach to win his road debut since 1919-20 with a 79-63 win over Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten challenge. Ten of the Huskers’ 18 losses came against ranked teams, tying the most in school history (1994-95, 1991-92). NU went 11-7 in the final season at the Devaney Center, finishing 447-151 (.751) in 37 seasons. Miles also led the Huskers to their first Big Ten tournament win with a 57-55 win over Purdue.

Doc Sadler

First season: 2006-07

Record: 17-14

Conference (Big 12): 6-10 (tie-7th)

Previous season: In Barry Collier’s final season, Nebraska was 19-14 and 7-9 in the Big 12

Postseason: None

Summary: Sadler replaced Collier after he left in early August to become athletic director at Butler. NU started the season with a five-game win streak that included a victory against No. 20 Creighton before playing one home game in December while traveling more than 15,000 miles for six games. Aleks Maric earned second-team All-Big 12 honors, averaging 18.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Barry Collier

First season: 2000-01

Record: 14-16

Conference (Big 12): 7-9 (seventh)

Previous season: In Danny Nee’s last season, NU was 11-19 and 4-12 in the Big 12

Postseason: None

Summary: Cookie Belcher set the Big 12 record and finished third in NCAA history with 353 career steals. Nebraska recorded a five-game winning streak in December while winning the San Juan Shootout.

Moe Iba

First season: 1980-81

Record: 15-12

Conference (Big Eight): 9-5 (tie-2nd)

Previous season: Led by Joe Cipriano, Nebraska was 18-13 and 8-6 in the Big Eight

Postseason: None

Summary: Coach Joe Cipriano died after a yearlong battle with cancer three days before the season opener. Iba was named UPI Big Eight coach of the year after splitting the honor with Cipriano in the previous season. A six-game winning streak, including an upset of No. 18 Kansas, helped the Huskers clinch a second-place finish for the second straight season. Andre Smith earned AP/UPI Big Eight player of the year honors, averaging a league-high 19.5 points per game in Big Eight play.

Joe Cipriano

First season: 1963-64

Record: 7-18

Conference (Big Eight): 5-9 (tie-6th)

Previous season: In Jerry Bush’s final season, the Huskers were 6-19 and 1-13 in the Big Eight

Postseason: None

Summary: Nebraska opened the season with a 79-72 win over Wyoming before losing nine straight. Cipriano’s Huskers lost nine of 13 to end the season after opening Big Eight play with two straight wins. Charlie Jones led NU in scoring (12.9) and rebounding (6.8).

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