In the wake of Steve Alford’s dismissal as head coach of UCLA, plenty of candidates from both the college and NBA level are emerging. One apparent candidate is currently looking for work and could be a target for the Bruins.
According to NBA writer Marc Stein, UCLA appears to have interest in former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Stein added that Hoiberg might not be looking at college basketball jobs though.
Hoiberg was fired on December 3 following a 5-19 start to the NBA season.
There have been persistent rumbles in NBA coaching circles that UCLA would pursue former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg if it parts ways with Steve Alford … which appears increasingly imminent. Whether Hoiberg can be lured back to the college game remains to be seen …
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 31, 2018
Hoiberg first found success as head coach Iowa State, where he managed the Cyclones from 2010 to 2015.
During his five years at the helm, the Cyclones won two Big 12 Conference tournaments and made it to the Sweet 16 in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Hoiberg was hired by the Bulls in 2015, and led the team to the playoffs in the 2016-17 season.
But a 27-55 record in 2017-18, followed by the aforementioned bad start to the 2018-19 season led to his termination.