Gene Iba

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Gene Iba
Sport(s) Men's basketball
Biographical details
Born (1940-11-05) November 5, 1940 (age 77)
Joplin, Missouri
Alma mater University of Tulsa
Oklahoma A&M
Playing career
1958–1961 Tulsa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966–1968 Oklahoma A&M (GA)
1969–1972 Roosevelt HS
1972–1977 UTEP (asst.)
1977–1985 Houston Baptist
1985–1992 Baylor
1995–2010 Pittsburg State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1968–1969 Cleveland HS
Head coaching record
Overall 487–374

Clarence Eugene "Gene" Iba (born November 5, 1940) is a former American college basketball coach. He was previously the Pittsburg State Gorillas men's basketball coach until 2010. He was head coach at Houston Baptist from 1977 to 1985, Baylor from 1985 to 1992, and Pittsburg State from 1995 to 2010. He is the son of college basketball coach Clarence Iba and nephew of college basketball coach Hank Iba.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Joplin, Missouri, Clarence Eugene Iba attended the University of Tulsa, where he played basketball from 1958 to 1961 under his father, head coach Clarence Victor Iba.[1][2] After graduating in 1963, Gene Iba went to the Navy Supply Corps School and coached its basketball team.[1] Iba then attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) and served as a graduate assistant for the basketball team under his uncle Henry Iba while completing his master's degree in business education.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1968, Iba became athletic director at Cleveland High School in St. Louis. He then became head varsity basketball coach at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis in 1969 and led Roosevelt to the city championship in 1972.[3]

Iba moved up to the college rankings in 1972 as an assistant coach at UTEP under Don Haskins and remained for five seasons, during which UTEP made the 1975 NCAA Tournament.[3]

After UTEP, Iba became head coach at Houston Baptist in 1977. Iba turned around a program that went 11–44 in the past two years to a 14–13 record in 1979–80 and 18–10 record in 1980–81. The Trans American Athletic Conference (now Atlantic Sun Conference) named Iba the Coach of the Year in 1981. Houston Baptist improved further, making the 1984 NCAA Tournament.[3]

Iba moved to Baylor as head coach in 1985 and led Baylor to post-season appearances in the 1987 NIT and 1988 NCAA Tournament.[3] However, Baylor fell to 5–22 in the 1988–89 season and never made another postseason tournament. After the 1991–92 season, Baylor decided not to renew Iba's contract.[4]

Iba became head coach at Division II Pittsburg State in 1995. By Iba's second season, Pittsburg State earned its first national ranking in five years and first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. On February 15, 1999, Pittsburg State was ranked #1 in Division II men's basketball.[3] In 15 seasons as head coach, Iba had a 261–172 record with five NCAA Tournament appearances.[3][5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Houston Baptist Huskies (NCAA Division I independent) (1977–1978)
1977–78 Houston Baptist 7–19
Houston Baptist Huskies (Trans American Athletic Conference) (1978–1985)
1978–79 Houston Baptist 11–16 0–0[6] 5th[7]
1979–80 Houston Baptist 14–13 2–4 6th
1980–81 Houston Baptist 18–10 9–3 1st
1981–82 Houston Baptist 13–14 8–8 T–5th
1982–83 Houston Baptist 20–9 10–4 2nd
1983–84 Houston Baptist 24–7 11–3 1st NCAA First Round
1984–85 Houston Baptist 21–8 10–4 T–2nd
Houston Baptist: 128–96 50–26
Baylor Bears (Southwest Conference) (1985–1992)
1985–86 Baylor 11–16 3–13 8th
1986–87 Baylor 18–14 10–6 2nd NIT First Round
1987–88 Baylor 23–11 11–5 T–2nd NCAA First Round
1988–89 Baylor 5–22 1–15 9th
1989–90 Baylor 16–14 7–9 T–5th
1990–91 Baylor 12–15 4–12 T–7th
1991–92 Baylor 13–15 5–9 6th
Baylor: 98–106 41–69
Pittsburg State Gorillas (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1995–2010)
1995–96 Pittsburg State 14–14 9–7
1996–97 Pittsburg State 24–8 14–4 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
1997–98 Pittsburg State 24–6 12–4 3rd[8] NCAA Second Round
1998–99 Pittsburg State 24–5 14–2 T–1st[9] NCAA Second Round
1999–2000 Pittsburg State 16–13 9–9 T–5th[10]
2000–01 Pittsburg State 21–9 13–5
2001–02 Pittsburg State 17–10 11–7
2002–03 Pittsburg State 16–12 8–10 6th[11]
2003–04 Pittsburg State 18–11 9–9 5th[12]
2004–05 Pittsburg State 23–7 13–5 3rd[13] NCAA Second Round
2005–06 Pittsburg State 9–19 5–11 T–7th[14]
2006–07 Pittsburg State 18–13 9–9 T–5th[15] NCAA First Round
2007–08 Pittsburg State 18–10 9–9 T–6th[16]
2008–09 Pittsburg State 10–17 5–15 10th[17]
2009–10 Pittsburg State 9–18 3–13 T–10th[18]
Pittsburg State: 261–172 143–119
Total: 487–374

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flaherty, Kevin (February 27, 2010). "Iba lives up to name, leaves legacy". The Morning Sun. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane Basketball Record and Fact Book 2014-15, p. 121.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Gene Iba". Pittsburg State University. Archived from the original on June 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Baylor Dismisses Gene Iba, Seeks `Leadership Change'". Tulsa World. March 28, 1992. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics". Web1.ncaa.org. 1999-03-20. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  6. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/statsPDFArchive/MBB1/B/Men%27s%20Basketball_Men%27s_Division%20I_1979_287_Houston%20Baptist%20University.pdf
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  9. ^ "Pittsburg State Gorillas - PSU Basketball All-Time Scores-1990-1999". Pittstategorillas.com. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
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  12. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association". 2004-09-05. Archived from the original on 2004-09-05. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  13. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association". 2005-10-24. Archived from the original on 2005-10-24. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  14. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association". 2006-05-29. Archived from the original on 2006-05-29. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  15. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association". 2007-05-09. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  16. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association". 2008-05-16. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  17. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association". 2009-04-16. Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  18. ^ http://static.psbin.com/m/n/pk9wjscrmagm69/Stats.pdf