Robert Kirby
Robert Kirby

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
Second Season

Alma Mater:
Texas-Pan American, 1983


02/27/2014

Memphis at Houston Postgame Notes (Feb. 27)

02/26/2014

Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Houston

Tigers Look for Season Sweep of Cougars

01/23/2014

Memphis vs. Houston Postgame Notes

01/22/2014

Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Houston

Tigers Return to Conference Play, Host Cougars

12/12/2013

Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. UALR

Tigers to host Trojans in a Friday the 13th game at FedExForum.

03/17/2014

Memphis Basketball: ESPN College Game Day Sights and Sounds

Check out some of the sights and sounds from the college game day experience where the tigers took on the gonzaga bulldogs

01/27/2014

Memphis Basketball Puts on Dunk Show in 82-59 Win Over Houston

Watch the full highlights and recap of the Tigers' first AAC home win on Thursday night, cruising past the Houston Cougars 82-59.

01/27/2014

Memphis Basketball Wins Third Straight, Downing USF 80-58

Highlights and recap of the Tigers' 80-58 win over the USF Bulls on Sunday afternoon in FedExForum.

01/22/2014

Memphis Basketball: On the Road To Philadelphia

Take a behind the scenes look at the Memphis men's basketball trip to the City of Brotherly Love to take on American Athletic Conference foe Temple. Go Tigers!

01/14/2014

Memphis Basketball Knocks Off No. 12 Louisville on the Road

Highlights and full recap of the Tigers upset win over the No. 12 and reigning national champion Louisville Cardinals on the road Thursday night.

03/23/2014

Memphis vs Virginia - NCAA Third Round

Memphis vs Virginia in the NCAA Third Round in Raleigh, N.C. Photos by Tim Cowie

03/21/2014

Memphis vs George Washington - NCAA Second Round

Memphis vs George Washington in the NCAA Second Round in Raleigh, N.C. on March 21, 2014. Photos by Tim Cowie

03/20/2014

Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day

Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day on March 20, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C.

Overall
• In 30th season as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level in 2014-15
• Previously had NCAA Division I stints at LSU (2012-13), Georgetown (2010-12), Mississippi State (1998-2010; 1989-93), Houston (1993-98) and Southeastern Louisiana (1988-89) and UALR (1985-88)
• Has been involved in nearly 550 NCAA Division I victories
• Member of 18 postseason squads (11 NCAA Tournaments, seven NIT)
• Also coached at Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in 1984-85 and Pan American University (now Texas-Pan American) as a student assistant in 1982-83

Honors
• Recognized by Rivals.com as one of the nation's top recruiters
• Ranked by HoopScoop as one of the country's top assistant coaches
• Recipient of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Distinguished Years of Service Award

Memphis Assistant Coach (2013-present)
• Member of coaching staff in the Tigers' first season in the American Athletic Conference
• Helped Memphis to a 24-10 overall record and a 12-6 American Athletic Conference mark in its first season in the new league
• The Tigers earned an NCAA Tournament at-large berth and advanced to the third round
• Memphis was ranked in all 18 Associated Press regular-season polls, the first time that occurred since 2007-08
• The 20-win season was the Tigers' 14-straight, the sixth-longest streak of its kind at the NCAA Division I level (current)
• The NCAA Tournament bid was the program's 14th-consecutive postseason appearance (10 NCAA, 4 NIT)
• The double-digit league wins (12) marked the ninth-consecutive season the Tigers won 10 or more games in conference play
• Memphis home attendance was ranked 10th in the nation in 2013-14
• Coached two All-American Athletic Conference selections (Shaq Goodwin, Joe Jackson) and The American Newcomer of the Year (Austin Nichols) and The American Sixth Man of the Year (Michael Dixon Jr.)

LSU Assistant Coach (2012-13)
• Helped the Tigers to a 19-12 overall record and a 9-9 SEC mark under first-year head coach Johnny Jones
• The 19 victories were the second-most by a first-year staff at LSU in the last 60 seasons
• Coached one All-SEC first team selection and one SEC All-Defensive Team pick, both firsts for the LSU program since 2009
• Helped LSU sign a consensus top-10 recruiting class for 2013-14; rated No. 5 by 247sports, No. 6 by Rivals.com and No. 7 by ESPN.com

Georgetown Assistant Coach (2010-12)
• Helped Hoyas to a combined two-year 45-20 record (.692 winning percentage) and consecutive 20-win campaigns
• Member of staff that guided Georgetown to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 (first round) and 2012 (third round)
• Had back-to-back, double-digit winning BIG EAST Conference regular seasons (10-8 in 2010-11; 12-6 in 2011-12)
• Helped recruit consecutive top-15 nationally-ranked classes
• Helped recruit several Hoyas on the 2012-13 squad that won a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title
• Otto Porter Jr., a member of Kirby's first class, was named the 2012-13 National Player of the Year by CBSSports.com and Basketball Times and also earned the BIG EAST Player of the Year honor

Mississippi State Assistant Coach (1998-2010; 1989-93)
• Served two different stints as an assistant at Mississippi State
• Helped the Bulldogs to an overall record of 317-192 (.623 winning percentage) in his two tenures
• Member of staff that guided Mississippi State to seven NCAA Tournaments, 5 NIT, two SEC regular-season championships, two SEC Tournaments titles and five SEC West Division crowns
• In second time with the Bulldogs from 1998-2010, was a member of Rick Stansbury's staff that compiled a 255-140 record (.646 winning percentage) and posted nine 20-win seasons
• The 2001-02 Bulldogs squad won a school-record 27 games (27-8 record) and the 2003-04 team won a school-record 14 SEC games (14-2 SEC mark)
• From 1998-2010, Mississippi State played in six NCAA Tournaments and four NIT and won one SEC regular-season championship, two SEC Tournament titles and five SEC West Division crowns
• In his second stint with the Bulldogs, coached five All-Americans (seven times), 11 All-SEC performers (20 times), one SEC Player of the Year, one SEC Newcomer of the Year, one SEC Defensive Player of the Year (three times), four SEC All-Freshman Team picks and one SEC All-Defensive Team selection (three times)
• Helped recruit five-straight, top-25 recruiting classes from 2004-09
• Had 22 of 25 seniors earn their diplomas
• In his first stint in Starkville from 1989-93, coached on Richard Williams staff and helped lead the Bulldogs to a combined 64-52 record (.552 winning percentage)
• From 1989-93, Mississippi State played in one NCAA Tournament and one NIT and won one SEC regular-season championship, the program's first in 28 seasons
• Coached two All-Americans, four All-SEC performers (eight times) and one SEC All-Defensive Team selection
• Helped recruit Erick Dampier and Darryl Wilson in the 1993 signing class; the two signees were the cornerstones of the 1995-96 Bulldogs team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four

Houston Assistant Coach (1993-98)
• Served five seasons as an assistant on head coach Alvin Brooks' staff
• On the Cougars staff as the program transitioned from the Southwest Conference (SWC) to Conference USA after the 1995-96 season
• Cougars posted a 54-84 record (.391 winning percentage) in those five seasons
• The 1995-96 Houston squad went 17-10 overall and 10-3 in the Southwest Conference; the 17 victories were the most since 1992-93 and the 10 league wins were the most since 1991-92
• Coached four all-conference performers (six times; four All-Southwest Conference, two All-C-USA) and two conference all-defensive team picks (both in the SWC)
• Helped recruit a consensus top-10 nationally-ranked class in 1994

UALR Assistant Coach (1985-88)
• Served three seasons as an assistant on head coach Mike Newell's staff
• Trojans posted a three-year 73-29 overall mark (.717 winning percentage) and a 43-7 conference record (.860 winning percentage)
• UALR had three-straight, 20-win seasons and won a school-record 26 games in 1986-87
• Trojans made three-consecutive postseason appearances, earning one NCAA Tournament bid (1986) and two NIT berths (1987, 1988)
• Won back-to-back Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) regular-season titles (1985-86, 1986-87) and one TAAC Tournament crown (1986)
• 1985-86 UALR squad won first NCAA Tournament game with first-round upset victory over Digger Phelps' Notre Dame team (90-83); No. 14 seed Trojans defeated No. 3 seed Irish, becoming the third lower seed to upset a top-4 seed since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64-teams in 1985
• 1986-87 Trojans team advanced to the NIT semifinal round at New York City's Madison Square Garden
• Coached seven All-Trans America Athletic Conference performers, one TAAC Player of the Year and one TAAC Newcomer of the Year

Other Coaching Stints
• Southeastern Louisiana (1988-89)
• Arkansas College (now Lyon College; 1984-85)
• Pan American University (student assistant; 1982-83)

Collegiate Playing Career
• Played two seasons at Pan American University (now Texas-Pan American; 1980-81, 1981-82) and two seasons at Three Rivers Community College (1978-79, 1979-80)
• Two-year letterwinner for the Pan American Broncs
• Helped lead the 1980-81 Broncs to their first postseason appearance at the NCAA Division I level, earning an NIT bid
• Starting forward on that 1980-81 squad
• In 1981-82, averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds as a senior for the Broncs
• Prior to his time at Pan American, played two seasons at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
• As a freshman in 1978-79, helped lead the Raiders to the junior college national championship crown
• Three Rivers placed fifth nationally in the 1979-80 season
• The Raiders won back-to-back Midwest Community College Athletic Conference titles in 1978-79 and 1979-80

Personal
• Memphis, Tenn., native
• Graduated from Pan American University in 1983
• Graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1978
• Married to the former Valerie Jackson of Memphis
• Has two daughters, Katrina and Robin

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