Men’s basketball adds veteran Robert Kirby as assistant coach


OXFORD, miss. – Ole Miss Men’s Basketball has added experienced and highly regarded assistant coach Robert Kirby to their team as head coach for the 2022-23 season Kermit Davis announced Monday.

Kirby, one of the nation’s most respected assistant coaches, comes to Oxford with 37 years of Division I coaching experience. Most recently, he worked for Patrick Ewing’s associates in Georgetown for five years from 2017-22. In his long career, Kirby has helped lead his teams to 19 postseason berths (11 NCAA tournaments, eight NITs) and coached 18 professional players. Kirby is also well acquainted with the Mid-South and Mississippi in general, having coached a total of 16 seasons at two different stations in Mississippi State.

“Robert brings an incredible amount of energy and recruiting experience to our staff and he has a great understanding of SEC basketball,” Davis said. “I think he’s a great match for Ole Miss. We look forward to our entire team starting summer training in early June. We’ve never been more excited about our mix of returning players to go along with our four newcomers and four transfers players coming for the 2022-23 season.”

“I’m really excited to come to Oxford and be a part of Coach Davis’ team,” said Kirby. “Coach Davis is a very knowledgeable and innovative coach. I’m honored to join his amazing team and look forward to working with a talented group of returning players along with the #12 Recruitment class he’s assembled for the coming year. “

Kirby previously had coaching stints at LSU (2012–13, 2016–17), Memphis (2013–15), Georgetown, Mississippi State (1998–2010; 1989–93), Houston (1993–98), Southeastern Louisiana (1988– 89) and UALR (1985-88).

Kirby, who hails from Memphis, has been recognized by as one of the nation’s top recruiters and HoopScoop as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches. He is the recipient of the NABC Distinguished Years of Service Award. At Georgetown from 2010-12, Kirby was part of a team that advanced to the NCAA tournament in both seasons and helped recruit consecutive classes that finished in the top 15 nationally, including Otto Porter Jr., who earned a First Team All- American was and was a candidate for National Player of the Year.

Kirby spent 12 years as an assistant at Mississippi State and helped lead the Bulldogs to an average of nearly 21 wins a year, including a school record 27 wins during the 2001-02 campaign. Kirby brought several nationally-ranked recruiting classes to Mississippi State, was part of teams that made 10 postseason appearances including six NCAA tournaments, and coached five All-Americans and 11 All-Conference artists.

A two-year basketball letter winner and 1983 graduate of Pan American University (now known as Texas-Rio Grande Valley) in Edinburg, Texas, Kirby also coached at Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in 1984-85 and his alma mater as 1982-83 Student Assistant.

Kirby Coaching Career – At a Glance
2017-22 – Georgetown – Assistant Manager (5 seasons)
2016-17 – LSU – Associate Head Coach (1 season)
2013-16 – Memphis – Assistant Coach (3 seasons)
2012-13 – LSU – Assistant Coach (1 season)
2010-12 – Georgetown – Assistant Manager (2 seasons)
1998–2010 – Mississippi State – Assistant Coach (12 seasons)
1993-98 – Houston – Assistant Coach (5 seasons)
1989-93 – Mississippi State – Assistant Coach (4 seasons)
1988-89 – Southeastern Louisiana – Assistant Coach (1 season)
1985-88 – Arkansas-Little Rock – Assistant Coach (3 seasons)
1984-85 – Arkansas College (now Lyon College) – Assistant Coach (1 season)
1982-83 – Texas-Pan American (now UT Rio Grande Valley) – Student Assistant (1 season)

Kirby Professional player coached (18)
Damon Jones-Houston-NBA: 1998-2009
Eric Dampier – Mississippi State – NBA: 1996-2012
Travis Outlaw – Mississippi State – NBA: 2003-14
Jonathan Bender – Mississippi State – NBA: 1999-2010
Monta Ellis – Mississippi – NBA: 2005-17
Tang Hamilton – Mississippi State – NBA: 2001-02
Lawerence Roberts – Mississippi State – NBA: 2005-07
Derrick Zimmerman – Mississippi State – NBA: 2005-06
Jarvis Vanardo – Mississippi State – NBA: 2012-14
Mario Austin – Mississippi State – NBA: 2003-04
Tim Bowers – State of Mississippi – International: 2006-15
Jordan Mickey-LSU-NBA: 2015-18
Jarell Martin-LSU-NBA: 2015-19
Jeremiah Martin-Memphis-NBA: 2019-21
Dedric Lawson-Memphis-NBA: 2019-20
Otto Porter Jr – Georgetown – NBA: 2013-present
Mac McClung – Georgetown – NBA: 2021 – Present
JaMorko Pickett – Georgetown – NBA: 2021 – Present

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