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Basketball Coach
    (August 6, 1904-January 15, 1993)
    Born in Easton, Missouri
    Basketball coach at Northwest Missouri State (1929-33), University of Colorado (1933-34) and Oklahoma State University (1934-70)
    751-340 win-loss record
    Athletic director at OSU (1935-70)
    Was also baseball coach at OSU (1934-41)
    90-41 win-loss record
    Coached three US Olympic basketball teams (1964-72)
    26-1 win-loss record
    Namesake for the US Basketball Writers Association's Henry Iba Award for college coach of the year
    Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (1969)
    He would get so impatient with errors by a player that he would tear the warm-up jacket off the reserve he sent in as a replacement.
    He specialized in low-scoring stall tactics.
    He continued to promote a slowdown game well after it was out of fashion.
    Despite his many successes, the most famous game he coached is probably the loss in the 1972 Olympic gold medal match against the Soviets.
    He said about his low-scoring tactics, 'I'm not against shooting. I am against bad shooting.'
    Commenting on his abhorrence of sloppy play, an assistant said, 'I've seen Mr. Iba cringe when the other team makes a mistake.'
    He was the first coach to win consecutive NCAA titles (1945-46).
    He coached two gold medal winning Olympic teams (1964,1968).
    The 1972 Olympic loss required officials to reset the clock three times after apparent US victories.
    As if having the game stolen wasn't bad enough, while he was protesting at courtside, someone picked his pocket, making off with his wallet containing $370.
    Bobby Knight said, 'I think anybody that played for him would have to say he was the greatest teacher of life that they ever encountered.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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