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The Chicago Bulls have hired Fred Hoiberg as their new head coach. Hoiberg, 42, has been the head coach at Iowa State over the last five years, but now the toughest challenge of his professional career is ahead of him.
Bulls players and fans loved Thibs, the team had great success playing under him, so there will be pressure on Hoiberg to deliver immediately.
Hoiberg played 10 seasons in the NBA finishing his career with averages of 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Via NBA.com:
Hoiberg, 42, is the 19th head coach in franchise history. For the last five seasons, he served as the head coach at Iowa State University. In his five years at his alma mater, Hoiberg recorded a record of 115-56 (.673), as he guided the Cyclones to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2012-2015), a first in school history. He also orchestrated the biggest turnaround in Big 12 history, as the Cyclones improved from 3-13 in conference play in 2010-11 to 12-6 in 2011-12.
“In Fred, we feel that we’ve got a guy who has a terrific package of skills: a winning coach, a natural leader and a great communicator,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “He is a guy that has played in the league, has been an executive in the league and has had unparalleled success coaching at Iowa State—winning multiple Big 12 Championships, consistently having nationally-ranked teams and NCAA tournament teams. There is no question that we think he’s the right fit and that he will maximize the potential of this team.”