Henry Iba

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Henry Iba
Henry Iba 1945.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1904-08-06)August 6, 1904
Easton, Missouri
Died January 15, 1993(1993-01-15) (aged 88)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Head coaching record
Overall 751–340 (.688) (basketball)
90-41 (.687) (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Division I Championship (1945, 1946)
Regional Championships - Final Four (1945, 1946, 1949, 1951)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1969 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Henry Payne "Hank" Iba (/ˈbə/; August 6, 1904 – January 15, 1993) was an American basketball and baseball coach.

Early life[edit]

Iba was born and raised in Easton, Missouri. He played college basketball at Westminster College, where he became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. The basketball court at Westminster is now named in his honor.

Oklahoma State University[edit]

After coaching stints at Maryville Teachers' 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 defeated National Invitation Tournament champion, DePaul, and 6'9" center George Mikan in a classic Red Cross Benefit game.

Inside Gallagher-Iba Arena January 22, 2005.

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. 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[edit]

Iba coached the USA Olympic basketball team in 1964, 1968 and 1972. He is the first coach in USA Olympic basketball history to coach two gold medal winning teams (1964 in Tokyo and 1968 in Mexico City). Coach Mike Krzyzewski was the second. 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[edit]

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 Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (in 2006), FIBA Hall of Fame (in 2007) and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (in 1969) at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Iba was indirectly responsible for a $165 million donation to the Oklahoma State University Athletic Program. In 1951, T. Boone Pickens, a 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 Pickens didn't end up becoming a coach, the favor Iba did for him was the impetus behind his decision 50 years later to make a $165 million donation to Oklahoma State University's athletic program.[1]

Iba was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1965.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1930–1933)
1929–30 Northwest Missouri State 31–0
1930–31 Northwest Missouri State 31–6
1931–32 Northwest Missouri State 20–2 NAAU Runner-up
1932–33 Northwest Missouri State 12–7
Northwest Missouri State: 93–15
Colorado Buffaloes (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1933–1934)
1933–34 Colorado 9–8 7–7
Colorado: 9–8
Oklahoma A&M (Missouri Valley Conference) (1934–1970)
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 Four
1940–1941 Oklahoma A&M 18–7 8–4 2nd
1941–1942 Oklahoma A&M 20–6 9–1 T–1st
1942–1943 Oklahoma A&M 14–10 7–3 T–2nd
1943–1944 Oklahoma A&M 27–6 1st* NIT Final Four
1944–1945 Oklahoma A&M 27–4 1st* 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 27–4 10–0 T–1st
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 Eight
1953–1954 Oklahoma A&M 24–5 9–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
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
Oklahoma State (Big Eight Conference) (1957–1970)
1957–1958 Oklahoma State 21–8 NCAA Elite Eight
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 Eight
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
Henry Iba: 655–317 257–152
Total: 755–340

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

[3] [4] [5]

Coaching tree[edit]

Iba is known for his coaching tree, the group of prominent coaches who either coached or played for Iba himself, or are linked to Iba by playing for one of his pupils. Coaches in this tree typically use a physical man-to-man defense and an offense predicated on ball movement and passing.

Coach Iba connection Years as Head Coach Notes
Larry Brown Played for 1964 U.S. Olympic team Numerous college and pro teams, 1972-present 1988 NCAA title; 2004 NBA title
Doug Collins Played for 1972 U.S. Olympic team Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, 1986-2013
Jack Hartman Played for Oklahoma A&M, 1943-47; assistant coach at Oklahoma A&M, 1954 Southern Illinois, Kansas State, 1962-86 NABC National Coach of the Year, 1981
Don Haskins Played for Oklahoma A&M, 1949-52; assistant coach on 1972 U.S. Olympic Team Texas Western/UTEP, 1961-1999 1966 NCAA title
Moe Iba Played for Oklahoma State, 1958-62; assistant to Don Haskins at UTEP, 1962-66 Memphis State, Nebraska, Texas Christian, 1966-94 Son of Henry Iba
Bob Knight Assistant coach on 1972 U.S. Olympic Team Army, Indiana, Texas Tech, 1965-2008 1976, '81, and '87 NCAA titles
Bud Millikan Played for Oklahoma A&M, 1939-42 Maryland, 1950-67
Doyle Parrack Played for Oklahoma A&M, 1943-46 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1950-62
Wilbur "Sparky" Stalcup Played for Iba at Northwest Missouri, 1929-33 Northwest Missouri, Missouri, 1933-62
Eddie Sutton Played for Oklahoma A&M, 1955-58; assistant coach at Oklahoma State, 1958-59 Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, San Francisco, 1969-2008 1978 and 1986 AP National Coach of the Year

Henry Iba Award[edit]

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. The award is presented at the Oscar Robertson Trophy breakfast the Friday before the Final Four.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=261449
  2. ^ http://www.oklahomaheritage.com/HallofFame/ByName/tabid/89/Default.aspx,
  3. ^ http://www.nwmissouri.edu/sports/mensbball/2012/Game%20Notes/Northwest_Recordbook_11-12.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.cubuffs.com/fls/600/mbb/2011-12_Info_Guide/124-185_season_by_season_results.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=600
  5. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/okst/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/MBB_MEDIAGUIDE_2010-11.pdf

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