Former Iowa State basketball star Fred Hoiberg was formally introduced today as the Cyclones' new coach.
Hoiberg dazzled Iowa State fans in the 90's with some solid basketball ability. For his efforts, he earned the nickname "The Mayor." He also played when the basketball arena was affectionately called "Hilton Magic."
Hoiberg said in his press conference that he wants that magic back.
The Mayor returns to Ames without any coaching experience. He comes from the Minnesota Timberwolves where he served in a front office capacity for a number of years.
Iowa State is definitely taking a risk with this hire, but a good risk. Hoiberg is Iowa State through-and-through and he will pump much needed life into the program. Cyclone fans are desperate for success again and it would become storybook if one of their favorite sons could deliver.
He said all the proper things at the press conference such as playing an uptempo style, making players go to class, recruiting Iowa players etc. Hoiberg even displayed a great sense of humor.
I think he will put people in the Hilton seats again in good numbers. That will be the easy task. But can he recruit strong Big 12 Conference talent and keep them around for consistency sake in the program? Plus, will Hoiberg be able to coach?
Hoilberg basically said that the Iowa State job was a dream one. Cyclone fans hopes this favorite son's dreams will results in many victories.