John Robic

John Robic (born August 10, 1963)

Teams coached: Youngstown State Penguins
Youngstown State record: 58-113 (.339)
Overall record: 58-113 (.339)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-2021 Kentucky (special asst)
2009-2016 Kentucky (asst)
2005-2009 Memphis (asst)
1999-2005 Youngstown State
1988-1999 UMass (asst)
1986-1988 Kansas (grad. asst)

John Robic Facts

  • John Robic
  • Born August 10, 1963
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Denison University (BA, 1986)
  • Graduated from North Hills HS in Pittsburgh before attending Walsh College (OH), where he played NAIA basketball for two seasons under head coaches Bob Huggins and Dan Peters
    • Transferred to D-III Denison (OH), where he played for Mike Ehrenfried and was a D-III All-American as a senior in 1986
    • Inducted into the North Hills High School HOF in 2004 and the Denison Athletic HOF in 2006
  • Became a graduate assistant at Kansas in 1986, spending two seasons working under head coach Larry Brown
  • Joined the coaching staff at UMass in 1988, working as an assistant under another former KU staffer, John Calipari
    • Although later vacated, UMass reached the NCAA Final Four in 1996 behind future NBA player Marcus Camby
    • Worked with the Minutemen for eleven years in total, the last three coming under Bruiser Flint
  • Hired in 1999 to be the head coach at Youngstown State, leading the Penguins for six seasons
    • Had just one winning season in that tenure, winning 9 games or less in his last four years after the program joined the Horizon League
    • Fired in 2005 following a painful 5-23 (2-14 Horizon) campaign
  • Reunited with Calipari that same year, becoming an assistant coach at Memphis
    • Part of another vacated Final Four, as the Tigers finished as NCAA Runners-up to Kansas in 2008
    • Followed Calipari to Kentucky in 2009 and worked in the Wildcats program for the next 12 years
    • Spent seven years as an assistant coach, including UK’s 2012 National Championship, and five as a special assistant before moving into an administrative, non-coaching role in August 2021

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