Fred Hoiberg over Steve Alford?
Absolutely, according to a cbssports.com ranking of NCAA Tournament coaches based on their playing ability.
The web site ranked Iowa State’s coach fourth among the 68 with teams in the tournament. UCLA’s Alford, the former Iowa coach, was fifth.
“Hoiberg starred under Johnny Orr and Tim Floyd at Iowa State from 1992-95, then became a serviceable role player for a decade in the NBA. Hoiberg’s most memorable NBA years were probably with the Timberwolves at the end of his career — he helped the Kevin Garnett-led Wolves to the Western Conference finals in 2004, then led the NBA in three-point percentage in his final year in the league (2004-05).”
And about Alford, it said:
“Alford was an All-American and national champion during his time playing point guard for Bob Knight at Indiana, and though his game didn’t really translate to the NBA, Alford gave it a go. He averaged 4.4 points and 1.0 assists over 169 games with the Mavericks and Warriors before calling it quits. He was also a U.S. Olympian on the 1984 team that won gold.”
Where does Iowa’s Fran McCaffery rank? Twenty-first, with this note:
“McCaffery (aka “White Magic” according to his official bio) played one season as a part-time starting point guard at Wake Forest (1977-78) before transferring to Penn for his final three collegiate seasons. He subsequently led Penn to two NCAA appearances and an NIT berth.”
The list is headed by Tulsa coach Danny Manning, followed by Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, and Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie.