Fred Hoiberg to undergo heart surgery to replace aortic valve

Iowa State University announced on Friday that head men’s basketball head coach Fred Hoiberg will undergo open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve next Friday.

The procedure will take place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“After my initial surgery to replace my aortic root 10 years ago, I knew that this was something that would need to be done at some point,” Hoiberg said in a statement. “My valve has severe regurgitation and the time has come to get it replaced. I am hopeful that this will be my last surgery and I’m looking forward to getting this behind me.”

Last year, Hoiberg had surgery to replace a pacemaker in his chest. The initial aortic root operation in June 2005 ended his NBA career after 10 seasons in the league.

Fred Hoiberg has coached Iowa State for the last five seasons and has led the Cyclones to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances — a school record. Hoiberg has also led Iowa State back-to-back Big 12 Championship titles.

Hoiberg holds a 115-56 career head coaching record.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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