henry-p-ibaMr. Iba, as his players and other coaches alike knew him, was perhaps the most highly respected basketball coach of all time. Mr. Iba was the only person to coach three different U.S. Olympic basketball teams (1964, 1968 and 1972.) In 1984 he served as an honorary coach on Bob Knight’s Olympic coaching staff.

While Mr. Iba’s success on the court could be measured in wins and losses, he was tremendously successful off the floor, teaching not only the game of basketball, but also the game of life. Many former players went on to become highly successful head coaches at the collegiate level. Coaches like Jack Hartman, Don Haskins and Eddie Sutton have taken the principles they learned from Mr. Iba and applied them to their professional careers. Former player, U.S. Senator, Bill Bradley, said, “More inspiring and more important to me than the basketball instructions were the hints on how to live a more worthwhile life which were sprinkled throughout his practice sessions, team meetings and casual remarks. Now I understand why men are always proud when they say, ‘Mr. Iba was my coach.’ So am I.”

Other coaches who did not play for Mr. Iba also sought his advice: Bob Knight at Indiana, Mike Kryzewski at Duke and countless others. He always gave of himself to others. He became the first coach to lead his school to back-to-back NCAA Championships as he took Oklahoma State University to national titles in 1945 and 1946. He was named National Coach of the Year both those years. His 767 career victories ranked second best all-time when he retired and now twelfth in the history of the game. At the time of his death in 1993, his 1,105 games coached were more than any other individual. Mr. Iba is the only coach with six or more NCAA Tournament appearances, to make it to the regional finals of that event every year. He coached in four different Final Fours and his teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament in three different decades.

He was known as a master at coaching defense. His OSU Cowboys led the nation in scoring defense seven times during his tenure and were ranked in the top three in that category 18 times.

But it was his teaching for which he was noted and respected. The caliber of the players he turned out is legendary. And he was the consummate gentleman, coach and administrator.

Athletics need more Mr. Iba’s, and perhaps these awards, which bear his name, will inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

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Rotarians… look for Gene Martin and Kacey King at Wednesday's meeting at ORU. They will be happy to book your Iba Awards table or individual seat tickets! You still have a chance to sit with a university president, a sports coach or famous former athlete. Proceeds from the event grows the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation which gives grants to nonprofits and projects in the Tulsa area! Get ready, get set, go!! Justin Wren, Shannon Miller, Chris Herren, Lauren Chamberlain Rotary Club of Tulsa

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Be a part of an exciting and inspiring evening by attending the Henry P. Iba Awards honoring citizen athletes on June 26. Tables and tickets selling now. Meet internationally-known athletes who give back in a big way to their communities and the world including Lauren Chamberlain, Justin Wren, Shannon Miller & Chris Herren. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation which supports non-profits and projects in the Tulsa area. Bellator MMA USA Softball @The University of Oklahoma USA Gymnastics Olympic 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women's Gymnastics NBA Sports Illustrated ESPN VYPE Oklahoma Tulsa Lifestyle TulsaPeople Magazine Tulsa World Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Rotary District 6110 Rotary International Rotary Club of Tulsa

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Join your friends at Tulsa Rotary at the annual Iba Awards. Hear the amazing stories of four internationally-known athletes and how they support humanity and their communities. Make plans now to be a part of exciting evening. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation which gives grants to nonprofits and projects in the Tulsa area. ... See MoreSee Less

Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards

June 26, 2017, 5:30pm - June 26, 2017, 9:00pm

Meet athletes, coaches and celebrities at the 24th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards benefiting the Rotary Club of Tulsa Club of Tulsa Foundation. Monday, June 26, 2017 - Hard Rock Tulsa. Celebrating the selfless act of giving back to the community, the annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards recognize two nationally known athletes who are generous of heart in their communities through their own or others’ charitable organizations. The annual dinner and award ceremony draws celebrities from across the country including professional athletes, Olympic champions, coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, sportscasters and more. The recipients of the award receive a trophy and a donation is made to a local charity in the athlete’s name from the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation. During the event, two area high school citizen athletes are also honored for their prowess in their respective sports as well as their involvement in the community. These honors are called the Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Awards which singles out two players who best exhibit the traits of tenacity and unselfishness. In the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, “tustenugee” means “warrior.” These citizen athletes are nominated by athletic directors from across northeast Oklahoma. Event Details - 2017 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards: Monday, June 26, 2017 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK. 5:30 p.m. VIP Celebrity Reception, Sky Room 6:00 p.m. General Reception, Sequoyah Ballroom Entry 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Presentation, Sequoyah Ballroom Make plans now to attend as this is a sell-out event by contacting us at: 918-584-7642 Iba@TulsaRotary.com

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