Just over a week after Damon Stoudamire announced that he would be taking the assistant coaching job at Arizona, coach Pastner was in desperate need for a new assistant coach on his staff. Well, he has one and he goes by the name of Robert Kirby. Kirby has agreed to fill one of the two vacant assistant coaching jobs. News broke late Tuesday night from a source that has good knowledge of the hiring.
Kirby, a native from Memphis, will join the Tigers after only one season at LSU. He was an assistant coach under Johnny Jones.
Kirby is a veteran when it comes to coaching from the sideline. He has more than 28 years of experience at the collegiate level. He has earned a great reputation as a top recruiter. He played a key role in landing McDonald’s All-American and five-star power forward prospect Jarell Martin last November.
Jones, a former Memphis assistant and interim head coach, lured Kirby to LSU this past spring from Georgetown. He helped guide the Hoyas to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances from 2010-12.
Kirby was the main reason that the Hoyas were able to land Otto Porter. Porter was named CBSSports.com Player of the Year as a sophomore last season.
Before his pit stop at Georgetown, Kirby spent 12 seasons as an assistant under coach Rick Stansbury’s staff at Mississippi St. from 1998-2010.
Tigers’ Josh Pastner was contacted last Tuesday night but made no comment on the hiring of Kirby. As for Kirby himself, he didn’t return messages on Tuesday.
“One of the best recruiters in the South,” said USA Today writer Dan Wolken tweeted upon learning of Kirby’s hiring at Memphis on late Tuesday night.
Kirby is an 1983 graduate from Pan American University ( now Texas-Pan University). He began his coaching career in 1984 at Arkansas College, where he stayed only one season. He would then coach three years at Arkansas-Little Rock from 1985-88 before joining Southeastern Louisiana for one season (1988-89).
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.