ISU coaching search officially commences


Fred Hoiberg and ISU assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger talk on the sideline during the second half of Iowa State’s 65-61 win against Kansas State on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Otzelberger will be the highest paid assistant coach on Steve Prohm’s staff for the 2015-16 season. 

Luke Manderfeld

With Fred Hoiberg officially to the Chicago Bulls, ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard said in a release on Tuesday that he and ISU President Steven Leath will search for the new head coach of the ISU men’s basketball team.

In a press release from the ISU Athletics Department, Pollard gave congratulations to Hoiberg’s new opportunity, but immediately changed gears to focus on the future of the Cyclones. 

ISU President Steven Leath and I will conduct a national search for a new coach, and we are confident that our basketball program will continue on the upward trajectory it has established,” Pollard said in a statement. “We are energized to capitalize on the momentum of our program as we pursue a new coach at Iowa State.”

Current ISU assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger has been the leading candidate for the head coaching job and has the backing of Pollard, according to reports. 

Head coach of the Phoenix Suns Jeff Hornacek has also been mentioned as a replacement for Hoiberg. 

A report from Chris Williams of said the coaching search could be done by mid-next week.