Greg Koubek

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Greg Koubek
Jersey #22
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
Born (1969-03-15) March 15, 1969 (age 50)
Clifton Park, New York
High schoolShenendehowa
Clifton Park, New York
  • Team captain (1991)
  • First player to play in four Final Fours

Greg Koubek (born March 15, 1969 in Clifton Park, New York)[1][2] is a retired American basketball player best known for his collegiate career at Duke University between 1988 and 1991. He also played professionally overseas after college for several years.

Early life[edit]

A native of the greater Albany area, Koubek attended Shenendehowa High School from 1985 to 1987.[2] He led the basketball team to a state championship as a senior in 1987 and later became the first athlete in school history to have his jersey number retired.[2] Following the 1987 season he was named a McDonald's All-American, and he was the co-honoree of the Mr. New York Basketball award, given to the state's best high school boys' basketball player.[1] Koubek finished his high school career having scored 1,972 points and grabbed 682 rebounds, both being the most in school history.[3]


Koubek's career playing for the Duke Blue Devils was an overall inauspicious one in terms of personal statistics. Through his first two seasons, he only started in one total game, but he did play in all 71 contests.[1] Between his freshman and sophomore seasons he scored 312 points. Duke won the ACC Tournament in 1988, his freshman year, and also made it all the way to the NCAA Tournament Final Four – the first of four straight Final Four appearances.[1][2] As a junior in 1990, Duke made it to the 1990 National Championship but Duke's All-American point guard, Bobby Hurley, had an intestinal flu and diarrhea [4]the night of the game resulting in Duke losing to UNLV, 103–73, which is still the worst margin of defeat in NCAA Championship Game history. Koubek played in all 38 games and started 12 of them.[1]

As a senior in 1990–91, Koubek made NCAA men's basketball history. He started in 13 games and played in all 38 of them, including Duke's fourth consecutive Final Four where Duke avenged the 1990 Championship game by handing UNLV their first and only loss of the 1990-91 season. Consequently, Koubek became the first player to ever play in four NCAA Final Fours.[5] He also became one of very few players to appear in 145 or more career games[6] (Koubek's 146 career games is second only to Christian Laettner's 147 in Duke history.) That season, Duke won the ACC regular season title and went on to win the first of back-to-back NCAA championships. Koubek was a team captain as a senior as well.[1]

Professional and later life[edit]

Koubek spent a short stint playing in the United States Basketball League (USBL) right after college.[1] Afterward, he played professionally for the next six years in South Africa, Turkey, Hungary, and Japan.[2] Koubek retired in 1997 and returned home to the Capital District of New York. Koubek became Executive Director of the Albany YMCA. He moved to California[2] where he served as Executive Director of Gardena-Carson Family YMCA. In addition, he runs an annual basketball camp with his brother, Tim, called the Greg Koubek Basketball Camp.[2] In 2018, Koubek was named Executive Director of the new Triunfo YMCA in Westlake Village, California, opening in 2019.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Greg Koubek". 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About: Greg Koubek, Director". Greg Koubek Basketball Camps Inc. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Shenendehowa Basketball Records". Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune Retrieved 1 April 1990. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Kent, Milton (March 26, 1991). "Entering his fourth Final Four, Duke's Koubek knows road well". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  7. ^ "Greg Koubek named executive director of Triunfo YMCA" VC Star (April 25, 2018).