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Cyclone Tailgate Tour stops in Sioux City

Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg meets with fans on Wednesday in Sioux City. Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg meets with fans on Wednesday in Sioux City.

The Cyclone Tailgate Tour made their annual stop in Sioux City on Wednesday. The tour started six years ago as a way for Iowa State coaches to travel around the state and meet the fans.

About 200 Cyclones fans came out to the Convention Center.

Iowa State is 27th in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings, which ranks the best overall NCAA athletic departments. Iowa State is just one of four schools in the country with back to back appearances in bowl games, NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments and in the NCAA volleyball tournament.

The goal now is to take the next step.

"For us the next level is the top half of the Big 12 Conference," said head football coach Paul Rhoads. "We very thrilled about qualifying for the postseason in three out of the last four years. We're the first staff in the history of Iowa State to do that in our first four seasons. At the same time our expectations are to win in the postseason."

"We've got some good young freshman coming in but we'll always look at transfers," said head men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. "If we can get kids that have experience, can help our roster immediately. My philosophy on that is you've got 13 scholarships and all 13 aren't going to play. So if you can have one or two sitting out that can join the team next year and improve your talent base, that's a pretty good route to go."

Iowa State set all-time school attendance records in football and men's basketball, and the women's basketball team ranked second in the country, at nearly 10,000 fans per game. The volleyball team averaged nearly 3,000 fans per match.

The coaches say they appreciate the support.

"To be number two in attendance in a community and a state like ours says a lot about, not just our team, but the loyalty Iowa State fans have to their school and the student-athletes that wear an Iowa State uniform," said head women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly.

"The best way to build a crowd is to put out a good product," said head volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. "So I think that's certainly helped build the fan base. They know every night they come, we have a really good chance of winning."

The Tailgate Tour made a stop in Okoboji on Wednesday evening. They'll be in Fort Dodge and Clear Lake on Thursday.

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