National High School Hall of Fame Inducts Hoiberg
March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field
AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will be inducted into the 2012 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame, announced today by the NFHS.
Hoiberg is among 12 individuals in this year’s class. Since 1982, the NFSA has annually honored athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school athletics. The induction ceremony is July 11 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
An Ames, Iowa native, Hoiberg led his Ames High School team to the 1991 Iowa Class 4A boys basketball state championship, Ames’ first state title since 1976. In the 1991 state tournament, Hoiberg was named captain of the all-tournament team after shooting an incredible 75.0 percent from the field (42-of-56).
Hoiberg won Iowa’s Mr. Basketball Award as the state’s top player in 1991. He averaged 29.8 points and recorded a career-high 51 points vs. Indianola as a senior.
A multi-sport star, Hoiberg didn’t just excel on the hardwood. He was an all-state quarterback, capturing Iowa’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 1990 as the state’s top gridder. He was the signal-caller on two state playoff teams and is the school’s career leader in passing yards and total offense.
Hoiberg also finished second in the high jump at the 1991 state track meet, clearing 6-6, and ran the 200-meter leg on the state-champion-winning medley to help Ames High win its sixth-straight Class 4A state track title.
Hoiberg later went onto a successful career in basketball at Iowa State. A two-time All-Big Eight selection, Hoiberg earned All-America honors and was an Academic All-American as a senior in 1995. He finished his career as the third-best all-time scorer (1,993) in Iowa State history, earning Big Eight Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors in 1995.
The 52nd pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Hoiberg enjoyed an outstanding 10-year career in the NBA. He played for three teams (Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves), leading the NBA in 3-point percentage in his final season in 2005.
Hoiberg is now in his second season as Iowa State’s head basketball coach. The Mayor has led the Cyclones to one of the biggest turnarounds in Big 12 history in his second year, directing Iowa State to a 21-9 record and 11-6 conference mark. ISU’s 11 wins in league play is the third-most in school history.
Hoiberg was inducted into the Ames High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001, Iowa State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Hoiberg joins former Iowa State stars Dan Gable (1984) and Gary Thompson (2000) as members of the NFHS Hall of Fame.