Clarence Iba

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Clarence Iba
Biographical details
Born(1909-04-20)April 20, 1909
DiedApril 21, 1997(1997-04-21) (aged 88)
Fort Worth, Texas
Playing career
1929–1933Northwest MIssouri State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
MVC regular season (1955)
MVC Coach of the Year (1955)

Clarence Victor Iba (April 20, 1909[1] – April 21, 1997) is the former head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa. Iba coached the Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's basketball team for eleven seasons, from 1949 to 1960. He is the brother of former Oklahoma State coach Henry Iba.

When Iba was hired in 1949, he became Tulsa's first full-time basketball coach.[2] Iba led the team to a NIT appearance in 1953, the first postseason appearance for Tulsa in the modern era. Tulsa also made the Associated Press college basketball rankings for the first time in the 1952-53 season, reaching as high as #8 in the poll.[3] The 1954-55 season was Iba's best at the school. Tulsa won the Missouri Valley Conference with a 21-7 record, including 8-2 in conference.[4] This was the first twenty-win season in school history. Tulsa advanced to the 1955 NCAA Tournament, its first appearance in that tourney. After being eliminated in the first round, Tulsa won the consolation bracket.[5] Additionally, Tulsa's first all-American, Bob Patterson, was from that same 1954-55 campaign.

Iba's last few years at Tulsa were not as successful as the 1954-55 campaign. He does, however, have the longest coaching tenure in school history, and his 137 wins were the most in Tulsa history until Doug Wojcik passed him in 2012. Following his career as a coach, he worked as a marketing executive in Fort Worth, Texas.[6] Iba was inducted into the University of Tulsa Hall of Fame in 1994.[7]

Iba died on April 21, 1997 of an aortic aneurysm.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Missouri Valley Conference) (1949–1960)
1949–50 Tulsa 12-11 3-9 6th
1950–51 Tulsa 10-17 4-10 T-6th
1951–52 Tulsa 14-10 5-5 3rd
1952–53 Tulsa 15-10 5-5 T-2nd NIT First Round
1953–54 Tulsa 15-14 5-5 3rd
1954–55 Tulsa 20-8 8-2 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1955–56 Tulsa 10-16 4-8 5th
1956–57 Tulsa 8-17 5-9 T-4th
1957–58 Tulsa 7-19 4-10 7th
1958–59 Tulsa 10-15 2-12 T-7th
1959–60 Tulsa 9-17 5-9 6th
Iowa State: 137–147 (.482) 50–84 (.373)
Total: 137–147 (.482)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Clarence V Iba United States Social Security Death Index". United States Government. 1997. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  2. ^ Logsdon, Guy Williams. The University of Tulsa: A History from 1882 to 1972, Doctoral Dissertation at the University of Tulsa, 1975, pg. 262
  3. ^ Bonham, Chad. Golden Hurricane Basketball at the University of Tulsa. Chicago: Arcadia, 2004, pg. 22
  4. ^ University of Tulsa Media Guide, pg. 152
  5. ^ Logsdon, pg. 262
  6. ^ Associated Press. "Ex-Tulsa basketball coach dies." Abilene Reporter-News.
  7. ^ "Clarence Iba." University of Tulsa Hall of Fame.