LINCOLN — Fred Hoiberg finalized a deal to become Nebraska’s next head basketball coach, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told the Omaha World-Herald.
Hoiberg, the former head coach at Iowa State and with the Chicago Bulls, was Nebraska’s main target to replace Tim Miles, who was fired Tuesday after Nebraska’s second-round loss at TCU in the NIT.
The 46-year-old Hoiberg was born in Lincoln and is the grandson of Jerry Bush, Nebraska’s head basketball coach from 1954-63. Hoiberg became a household name in the college basketball world after making Iowa State into a Big 12 contender. From 2010 to 2015, Hoiberg took the Cyclones to four straight NCAA tournaments, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2014. Iowa State won the Big 12 tournament in his final two seasons before he left for Chicago in 2015.
Over the past few months, Hoiberg has been connected to multiple jobs in both the NBA and around college basketball. Nebraska’s coaching search began in mid-February, and sources have told The World-Herald that Hoiberg was the top candidate for the job.
Athletic Director Bill Moos and University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds made contact with Hoiberg in February to gauge interest. Bounds announced earlier this week that he is stepping down as president.