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Thursday, April 24, 1997

Ex-Tulsa basketball coach dies

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Former Tulsa basketball coach Clarence Iba, who took the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA Tournament in 1955 and won more games than any other Tulsa coach in his 11 seasons, has died. He was 88.

Iba died Monday night following surgery for an aneurysm at a hospital in Fort Worth, his daughter-in-law Priscilla Iba said today.

Iba moved to Fort Worth in 1960 and worked as a marketing executive for Anchor Metals until he retired 18 years ago.

He was the younger brother of longtime Oklahoma State coach Henry Iba. His early coaching jobs included OSU freshmen, Panhandle A&M and Cushing and Muskogee high schools.

Tulsa had one of the nation's weakest programs before Iba arrived in 1949. The Golden Hurricane won a share of the Missouri Valley Conference championship six years later. Iba won 137 games, a Tulsa record for basketball coaches.

He was inducted into both the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame and the state of Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth.

Survivors include his widow, Dorothy; two sons, Gene Iba of Pittsburg, Kan., and Howard "Skip" Iba of Tulsa; a daughter, Sharon Jahns of San Jose, Calif.; two brothers, Howard Iba of St. Joseph, Mo., and Earl Iba of Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Send a Letter to the Editor about This Story | Start or Join A Discussion about This Story
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