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Henry Iba

Title Former Head coach
College Oklahoma State
Sport Basketball
Died January 15, 1993 (aged 88)
Career highlights
Overall 751–340 (.688)
Championships
NCAA Division I Championship (1945, 1946)
Regional Championships - Final Four (1945, 1946, 1949, 1951)

Henry Payne "Hank" Iba (August 6, 1904 - January 15, 1993) was an American basketball coach.

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Early life

Iba was born and raised in Easton, Missouri. He played college basketball at Westminster College, where he also became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Oklahoma State University

After coaching stints at Maryville Teacher's College (now Northwest Missouri State University) and the University of Colorado, Iba came to Oklahoma A&M College in 1934. He stayed at Oklahoma A&M, renamed Oklahoma State University in 1957, for 36 years until his retirement after the 1969–70 season. For most of his tenure at A&M/OSU, he doubled as athletic director. Additionally, Iba coached OSU's baseball team from 1934 to 1941.

Iba's teams were methodical, ball-controlling units that featured weaving patterns and low scoring games. Iba's "swinging gate" defense (a man-to-man with team flow) was applauded by many, and is still effective in today's game. He was known as "the Iron Duke of Defense." Iba is thought to be one of the toughest coaches in NCAA history. He was a very methodical coach, and he always wanted things done perfectly.

Iba's Aggies became the first to win consecutive NCAA titles (1945 and 1946). His 1945-46 NCAA champions were led by Bob Kurland, the game's first seven-foot player. They beat NYU in the 1945 finals and North Carolina in the 1946 finals. He was voted coach of the year in both seasons. His 1945 champions also defeated National Invitation Tournament champion, DePaul, and 6-9 center George Mikan in a classic Red Cross Benefit game.

A&M/State teams won 14 Missouri Valley titles and one Big Eight title, and won 655 games in 36 seasons. All told, in 40 years of coaching, he won 767 games—the second-most in college basketball history at the time of his retirement, and still third best in NCAA Division I history. As OSU's athletic director, he built a program that won 19 national championships in 5 sports (basketball, wrestling, baseball, golf, cross country) over the years. After his retirement, "Mr. Iba" (as he is still called at OSU) frequently showed up at practices, often giving advice to young players.

In 1987, OSU's home arena, Gallagher Hall, was renamed Gallagher-Iba Arena in Iba's honor. A seat in the southeast concourse level of the arena is known as "Mr. Iba's Seat," and it is maintained without a fan having sat in it.

Iba died on January 15, 1993, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Olympic Coaching

Iba coached the USA Olympic basketball team in 1964, 1968 and 1972. He is the only coach in USA Olympic basketball history to win two gold medals (1964 in Tokyo; 1968 in Mexico City). The 1972 final resulted in a controversial loss to the Soviet Union breaking Team USA's 63-game win streak since basketball was introduced to the Olympics in 1936.

Honors and awards

He was elected to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Missouri Hall of Fame, the Helms Foundation All-Time Hall of Fame for basketball, National College Basketball Hall of Fame (in 2007), FIBA Hall of Fame (in 2007) and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield, Mass.

Iba was indirectly responsible for a $165 million donation to the Oklahoma State University Athletic Program. The 1950s were difficult times for the oil industry [1] and in 1951 a young unemployed graduate of OSU with a degree in petroleum geology was looking for a job and asked Iba for help. Iba set the young graduate up with two interviews for high-school basketball coaching jobs and although the graduate didn't end up becoming a coach, the favor Iba did for him was the impetus behind T. Boone Pickens' decision 50 years later to make a $165 million donation to Oklahoma State University's athletic program. "Mr. Iba, he would be very, very happy with my performance," Pickens said. [2]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
NW Missouri Bearcats (MIAA) (1930–1933)
1929-1930 NW Missouri 31-0
1930-1931 NW Missouri 31-6
1931-1932 NW Missouri 26-2 NAAU Runner Up
1932-1933 NW Missouri 12-7
NW Missouri: 90-15 (.861)
Colorado Buffs (Rocky Mountain Conference) (1933–1934)
1933-1934 Colorado 9-8 7-7
Colorado: 9-8
Oklahoma A&M (Missouri Valley Conference) (1934–1957)
1934-1935 Oklahoma A&M 9-9 5-7 5th
1935-1936 Oklahoma A&M 16-8 9-4 T-1st
1936-1937 Oklahoma A&M 19-3 11-1 1st
1937-1938 Oklahoma A&M 25-3 13-1 1st
1938-1939 Oklahoma A&M 19-8 11-3 1st
1939-1940 Oklahoma A&M 26-3 12-0 1st NIT Final 4
1940-1941 Oklahoma A&M 18-7 8-4 2nd
1941-1942 Oklahoma A&M 20-6 9-1 T-1st NCAA 1st Round
1942-1943 Oklahoma A&M 14-10 7-3 T-2nd
1943-1944 Oklahoma A&M 27-6 NIT Final 4
1944-1945 Oklahoma A&M 27-4 NCAA Champion
1945-1946 Oklahoma A&M 31-2 12-0 1st NCAA Champion
1946-1947 Oklahoma A&M 24-8 8-4 T-2nd
1947-1948 Oklahoma A&M 26-4 10-0 T-1st NCAA 1st Round
1948-1949 Oklahoma A&M 23-5 9-1 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1949-1950 Oklahoma A&M 18-9 7-5 3rd
1950-1951 Oklahoma A&M 29-6 12-2 1st NCAA 4th Place
1951-1952 Oklahoma A&M 19-8 9-3 2nd
1952-1953 Oklahoma A&M 23-7 8-2 1st NCAA Elite 8
1953-1954 Oklahoma A&M 24-5 9-1 1st NCAA Elite 8
1954-1955 Oklahoma A&M 12-13 5-5 3rd
1955-1956 Oklahoma A&M 18-9 8-4 2nd NIT 1st Round
1956-1957 Oklahoma A&M 17-9 8-6 3rd
1957-1958 Oklahoma State 21-8 - - NCAA Elite 8
Oklahoma A&M/State: 517-160 190-52
Oklahoma State (Big Eight) (1958–1970)
1958-1959 Oklahoma State 11-14 5-9 5th
1959-1960 Oklahoma State 10-15 4-10 7th
1960-1961 Oklahoma State 14-11 8-6 3rd
1961-1962 Oklahoma State 14-11 7-7 4th
1962-1963 Oklahoma State 16-9 7-7 5th
1963-1964 Oklahoma State 15-10 7-7 4th
1964-1965 Oklahoma State 20-7 12-2 1st NCAA Elite 8
1965-1966 Oklahoma State 4-21 2-12 7th
1966-1967 Oklahoma State 7-18 2-12 7th
1967-1968 Oklahoma State 10-16 3-11 7th
1968-1969 Oklahoma State 12-13 5-9 6th
1969-1970 Oklahoma State 14-12 5-9 7th
Oklahoma State: 133-157 67-100
Total: 751-340

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

Coaching Tree

Iba is known for his coaching tree. Coaches in this tree typically use a physical man to man defense and an offense predicated on ball movement and passing. They are linked to Iba through their mentors. Some notable coaches who are included in this tree, either by themselves or by the media:

  • Adolph Rupp (coach at Kentucky 1930–1972)
  • John Wooden (coach at Indiana State 1946–1948, coach at UCLA 1948–1975)
  • Larry Brown (played for the 1964 U.S. Olympic team)
  • Doug Collins (played for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team)
  • Bob Knight (coach at Army 1965–1971, coach at Indiana 1972–2000, and coach at Texas Tech 2001–2008)
  • Don Haskins (coach at Texas Western/UTEP 1961–1999)
  • Eddie Sutton (coach at Creighton 1969–1974; Arkansas 1975–1984; Kentucky 1985-1989; Okla. State 1990-2006, San Francisco 2007–2008)
  • Sean Sutton (coach at OSU 2006–2008)
  • Scott Sutton (head coach, Oral Roberts University, 1999–present)
  • Doc Sadler (head coach, Nebraska, 2006–present)
  • Moe Iba (son, head coach, Nebraska, 1981–1986)
  • Jack Hartman (coach, Kansas State, 1970–1986)
  • Bill Self (coach at Oral Roberts 1993–1997, coach at Tulsa 1997–2000, coach at Illinois 2000–2003, coach at Kansas 2003–present)
  • Billy Gillispie (coach at UTEP 2002–2004, coach at Texas A&M 2004–2007, coach at Kentucky 2007–2009)

The Henry Iba Award

The Henry Iba Award was established in 1959 to recognize the best college basketball coach of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Five nominees are presented and the individual with the most votes receives the award which is presented in conjunction with the Final Four. This Award is presented at The Oscar Robertson Trophy breakfast the Friday before the Final Four.

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