Rob Lanier

Rob Lanier (born July 24, 1968)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Rice Owls
Current conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC, The American)
Siena record: 58-70 (.453)
Georgia State record: 53-30 (.639)
SMU record: 30-35 (.462)
Rice record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record: 141-135 (.511)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Rice
2022-2024 SMU
2019-2022 Georgia State
2015-2019 Tennessee (assoc. HC)
2011-2015 Texas (assoc. HC)
2007-2011 Florida (asst)
2005-2007 Virginia (asst)
2001-2005 Siena
1999-2001 Texas (asst)
1997-1999 Rutgers (asst)
1992-1997 St. Bonaventure (asst)
1991-1992 Niagara (asst)
1990-1991 Niagara (grad. asst)

Rob Lanier Facts

  • Robert A. Lanier
  • Born July 24, 1968
  • Hometown: Buffalo, New York
  • Alma Mater: St. Bonaventure University (BA, 1990)
  • Born in NYC and raised in Buffalo, played for head coaches Ron DeCarli and Tom Chapman at St. Bonaventure
    • Cousin of Hall of Fame player Bob Lanier, an 8x NBA All-Star with Detroit and Milwaukee
  • Started his coaching career right after graduating, spending two years at Niagara on Jack Armstrong‘s staff
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1992, working as an assistant under new Bonnies head coach Jim Baron
  • Spent two years as an assistant Kevin Bannon‘s staff at Rutgers
  • Hired by Texas head coach Rick Barnes in 1999, working there for two seasons before becoming a head coach at Siena
    • Went 58-70 in four seasons as head coach at Siena, going to the 2002 NCAA Tournament and 2003 NIT
    • Fired in March 2005 following a 6-24 effort in his fourth and final season
  • Became an assistant again in 2005, spending two years under Dave Leitao (Virginia) and three under Billy Donovan (Florida)
  • Rejoined Barnes at Texas in 2011, this time as the Longhorns’ associate head coach
    • Followed Barnes to Tennessee in 2015, taking the same role within the Volunteers program
    • Was a part of five NCAA Tournaments during his eight years with Barnes, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2019
  • Hired in April 2019 to be the new head coach at Georgia State
  • Left Georgia State in March 2022 to take over as the new head coach at SMU
    • After going 10-22 in year one, he won 20 games in year two to earn an invite to the 2024 NIT
    • Despite the 10-win improvement, Lanier was fired in March 2024 after just two seasons with the program
  • Hired that same month as the head coach at Rice, keeping him in the AAC and the state of Texas

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