Fred Hoiberg is a professional basketball coach and former player with 10 NBA seasons under his wings. He took his first job as head coach in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls in June 2015 after five seasons with the Iowa State Cyclones.
In addition to the great work he does on the field, Hoiberg has done even more on his home front with his wife, who has been married for over two decades. Read on to find out the details.
Fred Hoiberg’s Bio, Age
He was born on October 15, 1972, in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a highly gifted boy and baptized by his parents, Eric, a professor of sociology in the state of Iowa, and Karen Hoiberg, a primary school teacher, under the name Fredrick Kristian Hoiberg. His family moved to Ames when he was 2 years old, where his interest in tires was awakened. During his elementary school years, he spent time as a ball boy with the Iowa State basketball team and eventually fell in love not only with the city but also with the program he would one day play for and the coach.
His athletic skills soon came to fruition at Ames High School in Ames, Iowa, where he played quarterback for the Little Cyclones soccer team and became captain of the basketball team. He had an outstanding career in both arenas. Hoiberg led the basketball team to a state championship in 1991 and was named Mr. Basketball of Iowa State the same year. In 2012, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced that Hoiberg was elected to the National High School Hall of Fame.
After his high school sponsorship, he chose his hometown of Iowa State Cyclones over many other offerings including Nebraska, Arizona, and Stanford. This gave his name a permanent place in the Cyclones annals. He also joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Brotherhood.
Fred Hoiberg was in the All-Big Eight Team’s first selection in 1995 and finished his career with 1,993 points, the third-highest in the program’s history.
During his college years, he was known and loved as an all-big eight-player, with his name in the top seven in almost every statistical category. His nickname “The Mayor” is a reference to his popularity. The nickname came about after he received several votes for his registration during the Mayor’s race in Ames in 1993. In honor of his top player, the state of Iowa has withdrawn its number 32 jersey. He graduated in 1995 with a degree in Finance.
The mayor was voted 52nd overall in 1995 by the Indiana Pacers, marking the beginning of his decades-long playing career in the NBA. In the following four years, he played 139 games, scoring an average of 3.9 points in 11.6 minutes per game.
In 1999 he signed as a free player with the Chicago Bulls and then moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves in July 2003, where he was highly acclaimed as a three-point specialist. In his last NBA season, he led the league in 3-point shooting (48.3%).
Fred Hoiberg underwent open-heart surgery and a pacemaker in June 2005 to correct an enlarged aortic root. Although the surgery was successful, he decided not to appear in court and retired in April 2006 to take on an administrative role. After his season was over, Fred Hoiberg took a job in the Timberwolves front office as Assistant General Manager. Over time he rose through the ranks and was promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations in 2009.
The following year, Fred took over as head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones and returned home. As the school’s 19th men’s basketball coach, he coached the team for five seasons and made it to the NCAA tournament in four of those seasons (2012 to 2015), two of which were two Big 12 Tournament titles. He was also named 2012 Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2012, and on December 31, 2014, he became the fastest coach in the history of the state of Iowa with 100 wins (in 148 games).
He then returned to the Chicago Bulls, but this time to take up his first position as NBA head coach. Hoiberg was hired in June 2015 under a five-year contract to become the 19th head coach in the Bulls’ history. Although he did not have the best start as NBA head coach; he did not lead the Bulls to great success, the system he designed could very well show that he was the right choice for the job. He will take the Bulls by the horns in his fourth season.
Fred met his future wife, Carol Sarah McGee, at Ames High School and they have been together ever since. They are proud parents of four lovely children, one daughter, Paige, and three sons – Jack (born March 11, 1999), who plays college basketball at Michigan State University, and twins Charlie and Sam (born March 21, 2003).
Paige is the only girl in the group and dives into tires like his father and brother. She was an outstanding basketball and athletics athlete at Gilbert High School in Iowa and is enrolled at the University of Kansas with Strategic Communications major and a Business and Sports Management minor.
She also works part-time as a student office assistant for Jayhawks’ men’s basketball coach Bill Self. Paige hopes to continue making connections in the sports world and working in the sports industry.
The trainer and former player are made of the same material athletes are made of; superior height and weight. His body weighs 92 kg (203 lb), which is supported by his 1.93 m (6’3″) high frame.