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Bulls Hire Fred Hoiberg as New Head Coach


It’s official, the Chicago Bulls have named Fred Hoiberg as the new head coach. They have reached a deal with Hoiberg, who has been the coach at Iowa State since 2010. The Bulls parted ways with Tom Thibodeau after five seasons as a head coach, while he has not found a new job yet, Chicago moved fast.

Fred Hoiberg will be the 19th coach in franchise history. He was introduced at a press conference at the Advocate Center Tuesday afternoon. The team is looking for less drama and more playoff victories under Hoiberg. “We feel strongly we’ve got a guy with a skill package of a 635627211024879401393374138_628x471.0winning coach, a natural leader and great communicator,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. “We’ve known Fred for a long time, thought very highly of Fred. We have great respect for who he is as a person and job he has done. He was on top of our list as we began this process. He was the right guy to maximize our talent of this team.”

Fred signed a five-year deal averaging just shy of 5 million annually. He called the Bulls job “an unbelievable opportunity” and thanked0508820n_grizzlies_v_bulls Bulls management and his former Cyclones team. “It’s really, really been emotional to leave a comfortable situation like we had,” Hoiberg said of leaving Ames, Iowa, adding that he wrestled with the decision as recently as two days ago. “My family understands this is my life dream.”

Hoiberg played four seasons as a Chicago Bull 1999-2003 and he also played at Iowa State in his hometown of Ames, when Gar Forman was an assistant to Tim Floyd his senior year. In high school, he won Iowa’s All-State Mr. Basketball award in 1991 after leading the Little Cyclones to a state championship. “I’m not coming into this never having experienced NBA basketball,” Hoiberg said. As a coach, he compiled a 115-56 record over the last five seasons at Iowa State.

When asked about the Bulls he said, “I love this roster. I love the versatility of the players, the different lineups we’re going to be able to play.” He later added, “A lot of coaches don’t walk into a roster that has championship potential in a city that we know.” He also discussed the strengths of each player and had this to say about Derrick Rose: “Derrick is a guy who is at his best when he’s playing downhill.” Hoiberg also praised Thibodeau saying that he is an excellent coach who instilled a lot of great qualities in this Chicago team. “If there was a danger to me taking this, I wouldn’t be doing this job,” Hoiberg said. Fred said he wants to add a veteran assistant to his staff and that Thibodeau assistants Ed Pinckney, Adrian Griffin, and Mike Wilhelm are all under consideration to be retained.

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