Nebraska hires former Bulls coach Hoiberg

Former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has been hired as coach by Nebraska.

Fred Hoiberg is returning to the level of basketball where he’s enjoyed the most success.

The collegiate level.

Almost four months after being fired by the Chicago Bulls, Hoiberg has finalized a deal with the University of Nebraska to be its new head coach.

Hoiberg was a standout player and eventually head coach at Iowa State University. However, he does have ties to Nebraska — his grandfather was head coach of the Cornhuskers from 1954-1963.

He takes over a program that has made the NCAA tournament only seven times in its 123-year history. Nebraska fired former coach Tim Miles on March 26.

Hoiberg, 46,  piled up a 115-56 overall record in five seasons at Iowa State, including a 49-39 league mark and his teams won the Big 12 Tournament in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2012.

Hoiberg went 115-155 (.426) as coach of the Bulls, making the playoffs in the 2016-17 season. He was fired Dec. 3, 2018, with assistant Jim Boylen taking over.

As a player, Hoiberg was taken with the 52nd overall pick of the 1995 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.

The 6-foot-4, 203-pound guard played 10 seasons in the league, averaging 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.4 minutes in 541 games (61 starts), shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 39.6 percent from the 3-point arc and 85.4 percent from the free-throw line.