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.
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:
Conference (Big Ten): 5-13 (10th)
Previous season: Led by Doc Sadler, NU went 12-18 and 4-14 in Big Ten
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Conference (Big Eight): 9-5 (tie-2nd)
Previous season: Led by Joe Cipriano, Nebraska was 18-13 and 8-6 in the Big Eight
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.
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
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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Fred Hoiberg received a scholarship offer from Tom Osborne and the Huskers, but instead chose to play basketball at Iowa State. He finished his career with 1,993 points, third most in program history. Hoiberg was also named the 1992 Big Eight freshman of the year and earned first team All-Big Eight honors as a senior.
Fred Hoiberg played 10 seasons in the NBA, including two with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Hoiberg averaged 5.4 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game during his career.
Fred Hoiberg retired from the NBA on April 17, 2006, and joined the Timberwolves' front office. He underwent successful heart surgery on June 28, 2005 to correct an enlarged aortic root and did not play during the 2005-06 campaign.
Minnesota Timberwolves assistant general manager Fred Hoiberg shows a teddy bear at the 2008 NBA draft lottery. Hoiberg received the teddy bear from 12-year-old Matthew Gamber. Gamber — who was born with a growth around his heart and underwent a liver transplant when he was six months old — loaned Hoiberg the teddy bear that has accompanied him to the hospital for more than 100 surgical procedures in his short life. "He has always brought us a lot of luck when he's in the building," Hoiberg said of Gamber, who attended three victories over Phoenix and one over Utah the past two seasons. "Hopefully, he can help us out with this lucky bear."
Fred Hoiberg is introduced as Iowa State's new head basketball coach on April 27, 2010, replacing Greg McDermott, who left ISU to take the head coaching position at Creighton.
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, left, greets Creighton coach Greg McDermott before a game on Nov. 21, 2010. Hoiberg and the Cyclones finished 16-16 in his first season in Ames.
Fred Hoiberg led Iowa State to a 23-11 mark in 2011 and helped the Cyclones return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005. The season also included the team's first ranking in the AP Top 25 poll since 2005. Hoiberg was named 2012 Big 12 co-coach of the year after winning nine more games during the 2012 conference season than in 2011, the largest season-to-season improvement in Big 12 history.
Fred Hoiberg led the Cyclones back to the NCAA tournament in 2013, finishing with a 23-12 record. Iowa State defeated Notre Dame 76-58 in the first round before losing to Ohio State 78-75.
Fred Hoiberg became the fastest coach in Iowa State history to notch 100 wins (148 games) on December 31, 2014, when Iowa State defeated Mississippi Valley State 83-33.
Fred Hoiberg holds the 2014 Big 12 tournament trophy after leading Iowa State to its first Big 12 conference tournament championship since 2000.
Fred Hoiberg and the Cyclones reached the NCAA tournament for the third straight season in 2014. ISU, the No. 3 seed in the East Region, reached the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion UConn.
Fred Hoiberg cuts down the net with his sons Sam and Charlie after defeating Kansas 70-66 to win the 2015 Big 12 tournament.
Fred Hoiberg and ISU entered the 2015 NCAA tournament as the No. 3 seed in the South Regional, but lost to No. 14 seed UAB 60-59.
The Chicago Bulls introduced Fred Hoiberg as head coach on June 2, 2015. Hoiberg, who received a 5-year contract worth $25 million, and the Bulls missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years in his first season with a 42-40 mark.
Former Creighton standout Doug McDermott talks to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg during a preseason game in 2016. McDermott played for Hoiberg for part of two seasons, averaging 9.7 points per game while shooting 41 percent from behind the arc.
Fred Hoiberg led the Bulls back to the playoffs in his second season, but Chicago lost to the Boston Celtics in the first round after taking a 2–0 lead in the series.
On Dec. 3, 2018, Fred Hoiberg was dismissed by the Bulls after a 5-19 start to the season, his fourth year with Chicago.
Fred Hoiberg was officially introduced as the next Nebraska basketball coach in April 2019.