Iowa State is looking for former head coach Fred Hoiberg’s successor, but Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek will not be it.
According to Chris Williams of Cyclone Fanatic, Iowa State reached out to the former Cyclone and offered a meeting with AD Jamie Pollard and school president Steve Heath, but Hornacek turned it down.
Instead, he will remain with Phoenix, with whom he has accumulated a record of 87-77 across two seasons without making the playoffs.
The 2015-16 season is the last on his contract.
Prior to getting into coaching, Hornacek played in the NBA for 14 seasons and garnered a reputation as an excellent shooter. He finished his career with a career scoring average of 14.5 points per game and shot just under 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from long range. He posted 10.7 points per contest in four years at Iowa State and had his number 14 jersey retired by the university.
Thus, while it would have been nice to see a former Cyclone like Hoiberg replaced by another one in Hornacek, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen unless the latter suddenly changes his mind.
In the meantime, ISU will continue to interview a number of candidates and Campus Sports will update the program’s coaching search as it progresses.
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