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Henry P. "Hank" Iba

A coach’s coach, and mentor to such contemporary greats as Hall of Famer Bob Knight, Henry Iba did more than win national championships and gold medals. Although known for his victories as collegiate coach at Oklahoma A&M and as a three-time mentor of U.S. Olympic teams, Iba was more interested in the fundamental execution of the game and playing a true team sport than in scoring. Iba’s teams were methodical, ball-controlling units that featured weaving patterns of passing, which often led to low-scoring games. But his teams had such tight control of the ball, they need not score big to win big. Iba’s “swinging gate” defense (a man-to-man with team flow) was emulated by many. Behind dominating Hall of Fame center Bob Kurland, Iba’s Aggies became the first team to win consecutive NCAA titles in 1945 and 1946. Iba won 767 games, second best all-time when he retired. Iba is the only coach in history to win two Olympic gold medals.

Enshrined

1969

Born

August 06, 1904 Eaton, MO

Died

January 15, 1993

College

Colorado Northwest Missouri State Oklahoma State

Career Stats

2x NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
1 NCAA FINALS, 1949
14 MISSOURI VALLEY
CONFERENCE TITLES
WON OR SHARED
1 BIG EIGHT
CHAMPIONSHIP, 1965
7x HALL OF FAMER
IN DIFFERENT HALLS OF FAME
1959 HENRY IBA AWARD
ESTABLISHED TO RECOGNIZE
COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR