Norman Roberts (born July 21, 1965) is a men's college basketball coach who is an assistant coach at the University of Kansas. He also is the former head coach at St. John's University.

Norm Roberts
Roberts coaching St. John's in 2009
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
ConferenceBig 12
Biographical details
Born (1965-07-21) July 21, 1965 (age 58)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1997Oral Roberts (assistant)
1997–2000Tulsa (assistant)
2000–2003Illinois (assistant)
2003–2004Kansas (assistant)
2004–2010St. John's
2011–2012Florida (assistant)
2012–presentKansas (assistant)
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (NIT)
0–1 (CBI)
Accomplishments and honors

Early life Edit

Roberts attended Springfield Gardens High School, where he was a teammate of Anthony Mason.

Coaching career Edit

Roberts's first coaching opportunity came when Jack Curran hired him as coach of the freshman team at Archbishop Molloy High School. In 1991 Roberts became head coach at Queens College, a position he held until 1995. Prior to the 1996–97 season, Roberts was hired by then-Oral Roberts head coach Bill Self. Roberts followed Self to the University of Tulsa (in 1998), University of Illinois (in 2000) and University of Kansas (in 2003). On April 13, 2004, he signed a five-year contract to coach the men's basketball team at St. John's University. His assistants included Glenn Braica, Chris Casey, and Fred Quartlebaum.[1] In April 2012 Roberts returned to the University of Kansas as an assistant coach, filling the position left by Danny Manning.

St. John's Edit

On April 13, 2004, Roberts signed a five-year contract to coach the men's basketball team at St. John's University. Although Roberts was thought of as a longshot, school officials were impressed by his work as Self's top recruiter over the past four years. Additionally, he was a New York City native, and it was hoped he would rebuild the Red Storm's traditional pipeline to the area's rich pool of high school basketball players. Historically, St. John's has been known for fielding powerhouse teams built mainly on New York City talent.[2] He succeeded Kevin Clark, who served as the interim coach after Mike Jarvis, who was fired midway through the 2003–04 season.

Roberts was fired by St. John's on March 19, 2010, after the Red Storm lost in the first round of the 2010 NIT.[3] In 2011, Florida coach Billy Donovan hired Roberts as an assistant coach.[4]

Florida Edit

Roberts served as an assistant coach for Florida for one season.

Kansas Edit

Roberts was hired by Kansas in 2012 as an assistant. He won his first national championship in the 2021–22 season. The following season, while head coach Bill Self served a 4-game suspension for recruiting violations, he served as acting head coach.[5] He went 4–0 in the games he was acting head coach. Later that season, after Self was hospitalized, Roberts also coached the Jayhawks in the 2023 Big 12 Tournament[6] and the NCAA Tournament due to Self's health issues.[7]

Family Edit

Roberts and his wife have two sons. Both of his sons played Division I basketball; Niko played at Kansas as an invited walk-on and Justin played at Niagara.

Head coaching record Edit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Queens Knights (East Coast Conference) (1991–1995)
1991–92 Queens 6–21 2–16
1992–93 Queens 8–19 7–11
1993–94 Queens 4–23 2–20
1994–95 Queens 6–21 4–18
Queens: 24–84 15–65
St. John's Red Storm (Big East Conference) (2004–2010)
2004–05 St. John's 9–18 3–13 13th
2005–06 St. John's 12–15 5–11 T–13th
2006–07 St. John's 16–15 7–9 11th
2007–08 St. John's 11–19 5–13 14th
2008–09 St. John's 16–18 6–12 13th CBI First Round
2009–10 St. John's 17–16 6–12 13th NIT First Round
St. John's: 81–101 32–70
Kansas (Big 12 Conference) (2022–2023)
2022–23 Kansas* 4–0 0–0 N/A
Kansas: 4–0 0–0
Total: 109–185

*Served as acting head coach for 4 games while head Bill Self served a suspension.

References Edit

  1. ^ "Player Bio: Norm Roberts – St. John'S University Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on June 26, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
  2. ^ Jacobson, Mark. "How St. John's University Basketball Lost its Way - Nymag". New York Magazine.
  3. ^ St. John's fires head coach Norm Roberts, Billy Donovan and Rick Pitino top potential candidate list – NY Daily News
  4. ^ "New Florida assistant Norm Roberts, Billy Donovan share New York roots". Archived from the original on April 16, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "Kansas suspends Bill Self for 4 games in infractions case". November 2, 2022.
  6. ^ "KU's Self misses loss to Arkansas amid recovery". March 18, 2023.
  7. ^ Tait, Matt (March 18, 2023). "Kansas basketball coach Bill Self ruled out for Saturday's 2nd-round clash with Arkansas". KU Sports.

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