Ex-Bull Fred Hoiberg to have open heart surgery

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is scheduled to have open heart surgery next week to replace his aortic valve.

The school said Hoiberg, who retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season because of heart issues, will have the procedure next Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Hoiberg replaced his aortic valve 10 years ago. He says the time has come to get the valve replaced, adding that he’s hopeful this will be his final heart surgery.

Hoiberg played four seasons with the Bulls.

Hoiberg just completed his fifth season at Iowa State. He has led the Cyclones to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.

Iowa State returns six of its top eight players in 2015-16 and is expected to open the year in the top 10.

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