Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg can still shoot the basketball. The former Cyclone All-American and 10-year NBA star is the first champion of the Shots From the Heart event, a free-throw contest with Division I coaches to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease and to benefit the American Heart Association.
Hoiberg defeated Arizona’s Sean Miller in the championship match, as The Mayor made all 25 of his free-throws to Miller’s 24. In all, Hoiberg made an uncanny 252 of 253 free-throws in the entire contest. Hoiberg defeated Keno Davis (Providence), Billy Donlon (Wright State), Tubby Smith (Minnesota), Steve Alford (New Mexico) and Will Brown (Albany) en route to the title match with Miller.
Hoiberg's decision to participate in this cause was easy to make. Hoiberg's 10-year NBA career was cut short when it was discovered he had an aneurism in his aortic root. He had open heart surgery in June of 2005 and a pacemaker was installed to keep his heart beating.
“It was an honor for me to participate in this contest and to help contribute to this cause,” Hoiberg said. “For someone who is in the public eye, I feel it is my obligation to talk about heart disease and the benefits of the American Heart Association. I can live a normal life thanks to the efforts of the AHA.”