Bob Staak

Bob Staak (born December 22, 1947)

Teams coached: Xavier Musketeers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Washington Bullets
Xavier record: 88-86 (.506)
Wake Forest record: 45-69 (.395)
Overall record^: 133-155 (.462)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2000-2002 Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies (asst)
1997-1999 Golden State Warriors (asst)
1997 Washington Bullets (interim HC)
1994-1997 Washington Bullets (asst)
1990-1994 Miami Heat (asst)
1989-1990 Los Angeles Clippers (asst)
1985-1989 Wake Forest
1979-1985 Xavier
1976-1979 Penn (asst)
1975-1976 William & Mary (asst)
1973-1975 Connecticut (asst)

Bob Staak Facts

  • Robert John Staak
  • Born December 22, 1947
  • Hometown: Darien, Connecticut
  • Alma Mater: University of Connecticut (BA, 1971)
  • After starting out at St. John’s, Staak transferred back home to UConn where he played for head coach Dee Rowe
    • Was a two-time captain for the Huskies and earned all-conference honors
  • First coaching job was at East Hartford HS (CT), which he did while playing semi-professionally in New York
  • Returned to UConn in 1975 and served as one of Rowe’s assistant coaches for two seasons
  • Next assistant jobs were at William & Mary (under George Balanis) and Penn (under Chuck Daly and Bob Weinhauer), where he was part of the Quakers’ 1979 NCAA Final Four run
  • Hired in 1979 to become the head coach at Xavier, leading the Musketeers for six seasons
    • Compiled a 88-86 record overall, turning the program from an 8-win team to back-to-back 20+ win seasons
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament in 1983, just the second search appearance in the program’s history
    • Also served as Xavier’s athletic director from 1979-1984
  • Left XU for Wake Forest in 1985, but went just 45-69 over four seasons at the helm
  • Spent the rest of his career in the professional ranks, first coaching with five different NBA franchises
    • Assisted Don Casey (LA Clippers), Ron Rothstein and Kevin Loughery (Miami), Jim Lynam (Washington), P. J. Carlesimo (Golden State) and Sidney Lowe (Vancouver/Memphis)
      • Spent one game as interim head coach of the Washington Bullets in 1997 (0-1)
    • Was a referee observer for the NBA for two years (2003-05) before becoming a scout
  • Spent one season with the Boston Celtics (under head coach Doc Rivers), then seven seasons working with the Orlando Magic (under Brian Hill, Stan Van Gundy and Jacque Vaughn)
    • After several years off, Staak became a scout for Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat

Bob Staak Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only