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    First year coaches article

    Freddie getting some national attention!

    First-year D-I coaches offer mixed bag of results - College Basketball News | FOX Sports on MSN

    "Iowa State began the season with a coach who'd never coached before and few players anyone outside of Ames had ever heard of.

    If only every struggling program was as lucky as the Cyclones.


    New coach Fred Hoiberg has pushed all the right buttons in leading his team to an 12-2 start after every one of his peers picked Iowa State to finish last in the Big 12.


    The Cyclones might still wind up in the league basement, but Hoiberg looks like the rare coach whose transition to a new gig has been seamless - so far.


    ''I've enjoyed it. I'm loving what I'm doing,'' said Hoiberg, who left a cushy job in the Minnesota Timberwolves' front office for his alma mater after Greg McDermott jumped to Creighton. ''Anytime you have a group of guys that buys into what you're trying to teach them and go out and play the right way and play unselfishly ... it's a fun group to be a part of.''


    Most of Hoiberg's rookie peers aren't having nearly as much fun."



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    Re: First year coaches article

    Awesome! Go FH!



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    Re: First year coaches article

    It's always fun when you're winning. We'll see how he handles our Big 12 slate if/when a few losses pile up.



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    Re: First year coaches article

    If you didn't read the whole article, you might have missed this:

    Hoiberg took over a program rocked by attrition and has molded it into a confident bunch.
    Point guard Diante Garrett has blossomed in Hoiberg's quicker offense, transfer Jake Anderson has become indispensable and freshman Melvin Ejim appears on the cusp of big things in the Big 12.
    But bear in mind that Iowa State has only played five games against teams on their level: Creighton, Northern Iowa, Iowa, California and Virgina - and finished 3-2.
    Still, Hoiberg has the Cyclones off to their best start in 16 years.
    ''I look at those two losses and I think those are games we should have won. But it keeps us going and we're going to keep fighting,'' Hoiberg said. ''Hopefully that gives us a chance on any given night.''


    "There are five real good recruits in the state. We got three of them. One couldn’t get into school, and the other went to (the University of) Iowa...which is about the same thing." - Coach Johnny Orr

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