Fred Hoiberg is king of the free throw

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has won the Shots from the Heart free-throw shooting contest among head coaches, besting Arizona coach Sean Miller in the final round to claim the title among the 64 participants.

In the competition, Hoiberg made 252 out of 253 free throws, only missing one after hitting 102 straight shots as part of a "shoot-off" to best New Mexico coach Steve Alford in an earlier round.

For Hoiberg winning Shots from the Heart was particularly meaningful because the contest raised awareness for the fight against heart disease and honored former coach Skip Prosser, who passed away in 2007 following a heart attack.

Hoiberg saw his NBA career cut short when it was discovered he had an aneurism in his aortic root and needed open heart surgery in 2005 and a pacemaker installed to keep his heart beating.

"It was an honor for me to participate in this contest and to help contribute to this cause," Hoiberg said in a statement. "For someone who is in the public eye, I feel it is my obligation to talk about heart disease and the benefits of the American Heart Association. I can live a normal life thanks to the efforts of the AHA."

Hoiberg was perfect from the line despite some lighthearted cross-country trash talk from Miller before the final, as the Wildcats coach smiled and told the Arizona Daily Star, "He's going to miss. I have a great feeling. The pressure of the championship round could break him."

Hoiberg made all 25 free-throw attempts in the final. Miller, who finished his playing career at Pittsburgh an 88.5 percent free-throw shooter, missed one of his 25 attempts.

"As I've said throughout this tournament, my slogan is 'don't miss' and today I did," Miller said in a statement. "One shot really matters, even in an event like this. You have to give Fred a ton of credit in winning this thing. He never missed a shot. I'll regroup and focus on coming back strong next year."