Kirk Speraw

Kirk Speraw (born August 21, 1956)

Teams coached: UCF Knights
UCF record: 247-233 (.515) **
Overall record^: 247-233 (.515) **

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-2022 Iowa (asst)
1993-2010 UCF
1990-1993 Florida (asst)
1987-1990 Pensacola JC
1982-1987 Florida Southern (asst)
1980-1982 Denver (asst)
1979-1980 Iowa (grad. asst)

Kirk Speraw Facts

  • Kirk Crittendon Speraw
  • Born August 21, 1956
  • Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa
  • Alma Mater: University of Iowa (BA, 1979)
  • Graduated from Sioux City Central HS (IA) and went on to play at Iowa under head coach Lute Olson
  • Spent one season under Olson as a graduate assistant before getting hired by Floyd Theard at Denver
  • Moved to Florida in 1982, spending five seasons as an assistant at Division II Florida Southern
    • Was on staff in 1986 when the Moccasins reached the D-II NCAA Final Four
  • Became a head coach in 1987, spending three years at the helm at Pensacola JC (FL)
  • Joined Lon Kruger‘s staff at Florida in 1990, spending three seasons working with the Gators
  • Hired as the head coach at UCF in July 1993, coaching the Knights for the next 17 seasons
    • Won 247 games during his tenure, claiming four A-Sun Tournament crowns, one A-Sun title and appearing in four NCAA Tournaments
    • Fired in March 2010 following five seasons without a postseason appearance
      • All wins from the 2008-10 (32 in total) were later vacated after it was found that UCF had used an ineligible player
  • Returned to alma mater Iowa in April 2010, joining Fran McCaffery‘s staff as an assistant coach
    • Spent the next twelve seasons with the Hawkeyes, appearing in six NCAA Tournaments and three NITs
    • Announced his retirement in May 2022 at age 65 after over 40 years in the coaching world
  • Along with his wife, Tracy, has two sons and two daughters

Kirk Speraw Coaching Tree


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

** Listed records and accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA