When Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard underwent triple bypass surgery last week, heart condition became a hot topic around Cyclone athletics.
Basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, himself a pacemaker user, found himself talking about stress levels – his own and that of his boss – as the Cyclones won three nail biters to capture their second Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship in a row.
Each of the games featured a comeback of double digit points. Reporters covering the tournament marveled at the composure of the Cyclones. They never got rattled despite challenging deficits.
That coolness or calmness can be traced back to Hoiberg. That’s how he handles his business. As Pollard begins his recovery from the heart attack he suffered, Hoiberg would be a good role model to follow. Stress never seems to enter Hoiberg’s domain. If it does, he doesn’t show it. Ever.
The love affair that Cyclone Nation has with Hoiberg is well grounded. T-shirts – you know, the ones with “Our Coach is Better Looking than Your Coach” and “Our Coach Dances Better than Your Coach” – dotted the crowd in the Sprint Center just like they did all season in Hilton Coliseum.
The next one ought to be “Our Coach is Cooler (or calmer) than Your Coach.”
That’s a fact, too, and it’s a great trait to emulate.