After a short hiatus, Robert Kirby is back at LSU.
Kirby, who spent 2012-13 as an assistant under coach Johnny Jones, has returned to LSU as the team’s associate head coach, Jones announced on Wednesday.
Kirby spent the last three seasons as the assistant head coach under Josh Pastner at Memphis.
His return is pending a background check and approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Kirby back as a part of our program,” Jones said in a statement. “He was a tremendous asset to our staff (during the 2012-13 season). On the recruiting front, he helped us sign a top-rated class (for 2013-14) and a part of that group would wind up playing a major role on the NCAA Tournament team in 2015 in Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey. He is considered one of the top assistant coaches in the country. He is an outstanding basketball coach and recruiter.”
“I’m very happy to be back in Tigerland,” Kirby said in a statement. “I am looking forward to joining up again and continuing my relationship with Coach Jones and working with the staff at LSU to build on the tradition and legacy of the LSU basketball program.”
Kirby boasts 31 years of coaching experience at the Division I level, and at times has earned recognitions as one of the top recruiters in college basketball.
In addition to his one year with LSU, Kirby has also spent time at Georgetown (2010-12), Mississippi State (1989-93; 1998-2010), Houston (1993-98), Southeastern Louisiana (1998-89) and Little Rock (1985-88).