The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State legend Fred Hoiberg has been elected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, announced by CoSIDA today.
Hoiberg joins four other inductees (Drew Brees, Jennifer Rizzotti, Dr. Angelo Capozzi, James Cash) in the 2016 Hall of Fame class that will be enshrined into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame at CoSIDA’s annual convention in Dallas on June 13.
“Being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American at Iowa State was one of the highlights of my career,” Hoiberg said. “To be inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame is even more humbling. This honor is very prestigious when you look at the list of outstanding student-athletes who have already been enshrined. As a former coach at the collegiate level, I always stressed the importance of academics to my student-athletes. It’s something I always believed in and it’s why this honor is so special to me. I want to thank all of the members of the voting committee who had a decision in the selection process. I am extremely grateful.”
It’s another prestigious award for The Mayor, who is now considered the cream of the crop of all Academic All-Americas who competed collegiately. Created in 1988, the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame recognizes Academic All-Americas who have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers and are committed to philanthropic causes in the communities where they reside.
A total of 141 Academic All-Americas have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception. Included as members are athletic superstars Rebecca Lobo, Steve Young, John Stockton, Danny Ainge, Bernie Kosar, Bill Walton, John Wooden, Joe Theismann and Bill Bradley.
Hoiberg joins Buena Vista’s Jeannie Henningsen as the only two athletes from a college in the state of Iowa to be inducted.
Hoiberg is one of the most revered athletes in Iowa State history. Growing up in Ames, Iowa, Hoiberg played in three NCAA Tournaments and ended his ISU career as the school’s third-best all-time scorer with 1,993 points. He was named an All-American and First-Team All-Big Eight as a senior in 1995, leading the team with a 19.9 scoring average.
The 1995 Co-Big Eight Athlete of the Year, Hoiberg was also a star in the classroom, earning Academic All-America honors twice in his career. He was a second-team selection as a junior and a first-teamer as a senior.
As the No. 52 pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Hoiberg played 10 years in the league as one of its best sharpshooters. He led the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage in his final season in 2005, connecting on 48.3 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Hoiberg settled into front office NBA jobs for a number of years upon retiring from the NBA. In 2010, Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard selected Hoiberg as the 19thhead coach in Cyclone men’s basketball history.
Hoiberg’s Iowa State reunion tour was thrilling. He quickly turned Cyclone basketball into a national brand, leading the team to a school-record four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2012-15. The Cyclones won back-to-back Big 12 Tournament titles in 2014 and 2015 and his teams were ranked in the nation’s top-25 in three of his five seasons as head coach.
Hoiberg is currently the head coach of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
Hoiberg Awards And Honors
– His No. 32 jersey was retired by Iowa State in 1997
– Inducted into Iowa State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005
– Inducted into Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006
– Named to Iowa State’s All-Century Team in 2008
– Inducted into NFHS National High School Hall of Fame in 2012
– Earned the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) Award by the Jaycees in 2012
– Inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2016