National Award Named For Westminster Graduate 

Athletic News - Basketball(M) 

Fulton, Mo - Did you know that University of Missouri men’s head basketball coach Frank Haith was recently presented an award which is named for a Westminster College graduate?

Haith has been named the recipient of the 2011-12 Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Henry “Hank” Iba is a 1928 graduate of Westminster College who left Fulton and went on to a Hall of Fame coaching career.

Iba was an all-state performer in football, basketball and baseball at Westminster. He went on to coach Oklahoma State to two national basketball titles. He then coached the United States to a pair of gold medals in basketball and coached the 1972 United States team that lost to the Russians in the disputed championship game. He compiled a 767-338 coaching record during his collegiate coaching career, which includes induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame and Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The playing surface in Westminster Gym is named Iba Court.