Fred Hoiberg begins to re-tool Nebraska program by parting ways with key assistant
Fred Hoiberg is trying to turn around the Nebraska men’s basketball program, and one of his first moves is to shake up his staff.
Hoiberg, who has suffered 3 straight 20-loss seasons at Nebraska, parted ways with lead assistant Matt Abdelmassih, who recruited most of the players on the Husker roster, including Big Ten freshman of the year Bryce McGowens, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
“Matt and I have a close relationship dating back to our time in the front office with the Timberwolves,” Hoiberg said in a statement. “He was a big part of our success at Iowa State and played a leading role in building our roster at Nebraska. I wish Matt and his family nothing but the best.”
Abdelmassih was on Hoiberg’s staff with the NBA’s Timberwolves and Iowa State.
He initially began his career in basketball operations, but Abdelmassih’s recruiting prowess earned him a full-time assistant role in his second year at Iowa State. He had few coaching duties; his job was to procure talent for Hoiberg, the World-Herald reported.
The Cornhuskers are looking for more out of Hoiberg’s program, and that’s why last month Athletic Director Trev Alberts announced that Hoiberg would return for the 2022-23 season. However, Hoiberg’s salary will be reduced, and he will forfeit a $500,000 stay bonus.