Doug Gottlieb is no stranger to the Iba Awards. He served as the master of ceremonies in 2010 when he was a basketball analyst for ESPN. From there he went to CBS Sports and beginning in 2017, he now works as a basketball analyst and radio host for FOX Sports. He is known for his nationally syndicated show, The Doug Gottlieb Show, which also moved to FOX Sports Radio.
Gottlieb was a college basketball point guard at Notre Dame and played at OSU under Coach Eddie Sutton, holding every assists record at OSU and in the Big 12 Conference. He is also 11th all-time in assists in NCAA history. He graduated from Oklahoma State in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. In addition to being named All Big 12 Honorable Mention his senior year at Oklahoma State, Gottlieb was named the 1999 Big 12 Scholar Athlete Community Service Athlete of the Year.
After graduating from college, Gottlieb went undrafted in the NBA draft, but was made the No 1 pick of the Oklahoma Storm in the 2000 United States Basketball League draft. Gottlieb’s season with the Storm was successful as he led the USBL in assists and helped the Storm to a 2nd-place finish in the team’s inaugural season. Gottlieb then took his basketball career overseas, which included a stop in Israel after signing with Maccabi Ra’anana. Gottlieb played internationally at the professional level in France, Russia and Israel.
In 2011, Gottlieb was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Governors. In 2016, he became a national spokesman for the American Cancer Society.
The Iba Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize an influential male and a female premier athlete for their success in their sport, and more importantly, for being positive role models who give back to their communities – not only by donating to worthy causes, but by being personally dedicated and involved in their chosen charities.
The awards are named after Henry P. Iba, former Oklahoma State University basketball coach and coach of three U.S. Olympic basketball teams. He was an unparalleled success as a coach, a leader and a citizen and these awards recognize and honor athletes who best exemplify a high degree of citizenship in his image.
This year’s master of ceremonies will be Dave Hunzinker, “Voice of the Cowboys”. The male and female recipients will be announced at a later date.
The prestigious black-tie-optional event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on June 18, 2018. Its presenting sponsor is Tom Rinehart. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, which supports local and area non-profits benefitting young people and the club’s International Projects Committee.
For table sponsorship information, contact the Rotary Club of Tulsa at 918-584-7642 or online at ibaawards.com.