David Hobbs (basketball)
|Title||Special assistant to head coach|
|Born||April 25, 1949|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2016–present||Iowa State (special asst. to HC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||2–2 (NCAA Division I)|
David A. Hobbs (born April 25, 1949) is an American basketball coach. Hobbs currently serves as a special assistant to Iowa State's head coach Steve Prohm. He was the men's head coach at the University of Alabama from 1992 to 1998 and also was an assistant coach at Alabama, the University of Kentucky and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
Hobbs was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. He lettered his junior and senior seasons (1970–71) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he earned an Education bachelor's degree in (1972) after spending his first two seasons playing at Virginia's Ferrum Junior College.
His first job in college coaching came at Virginia Commonwealth, where he served as an assistant coach with Tubby Smith on J. D. Barnett's staff. Hobbs spent six years (1980–85) coaching on the Rams' staff.
Hobbs was hired at Alabama as an assistant coach for Wimp Sanderson in 1985 and spent the next seven years at that position, helping the Crimson Tide win one SEC Championship and four SEC Tournament crowns while the Tide made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. As an assistant, he had the opportunity to coach such All-SEC performers as Robert Horry, James "Hollywood" Robinson and Latrell Sprewell.
When Sanderson left Alabama following the 1992 season, Hobbs was named head coach. In his first season, the Tide finished 16–13 and advanced to the NIT. In 1994 and 1995, Alabama recorded 20-win seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament behind the play of NBA All-Star Antonio McDyess. In 1996, Hobbs led UA to a 19–13 mark and a berth in the NIT Final Four. He resigned his post following the 1998 season after compiling a 110–76 (59.4%) career record and producing nine All-SEC players.
David Hobbs joined the UK staff in 2000 and served seven years as an assistant coach under Tubby Smith, including five as assistant head coach. He was not retained by the university when Smith left in 2007.
After departure from Kentucky
After leaving Kentucky, Hobbs was a scout for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats for two years, followed by a short stint as coach of Japan's national basketball team. He was terminated from that job after being on medical leave.
Hobbs is married to Barbara "Skeet" Fleet Hobbs and they have two grown children, Heather and David, Jr.
Head coaching record
|Alabama Crimson Tide (Southeastern Conference) (1992–1998)|
|1992–93||Alabama||16–13||7–9||4th (West)||NIT First Round|
|1993–94||Alabama||20–10||12–4||2nd (West)||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1994–95||Alabama||23–10||10–6||3rd (West)||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1995–96||Alabama||19–13||9–7||3rd (West)||NIT Fourth Place|
|Alabama:||110–76 (.591)||50–46 (.521)|
- Hobbs, Hanson Join UK Basketball Staff - KENTUCKY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
- "Men's Basketball Assoc Head Coach David Hobbs". UKAthletics.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
- "Men's Basketball Coaching Staff". UKAthletics.com. Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
- "David Hobbs out as Japan basketball coach". Tuscaloosa News. July 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-18.