Throughout the basketball season, Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg knew he needed open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. Now he knows when.
Hoiberg will have the procedure on April 17 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Hoiberg had open heart surgery in 2005 to remove an enlargement on his aortic valve. The surgery ended his NBA career.
“My valve has severe regurgitation and the time has come to get it replaced,” Hoiberg said. “I am hopeful that this will be my last surgery and I’m looking forward to get it behind me.”
Hoiberg recently finished his fifth season as Iowa State’s coach and owns a 115-56 record. The Cyclones won the Big 12 Tournament for the second straight year.
He’s not the only member of Iowa State’s athletic department with heart issues.
Cyclones athletic director Jamie Pollard had open-heart surgery in March after suffering a heart attack while watching his kids participate in a track meet in Cedar Falls.
Friday, Pollard sent a message from his twitter account: “Have different perspective now on what Coach Hoiberg faces next week. Keep Fred & his family in your prayers.”