Kirk Speraw

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Kirk Speraw
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Kirk Speraw and "Kirk's Jerks"
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Iowa
Biographical details
Born (1956-08-21) August 21, 1956 (age 60)
Sioux City, Iowa
Playing career
1975–1979 Iowa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1980 Iowa (asst.)
1980–1982 Denver (asst.)
1982–1987 Florida Southern (asst.)
1987–1990 Pensacola JC
1990–1993 Florida (asst.)
1993–2010 UCF
2010–present Iowa (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 247–233 (.515)
Accomplishments and honors
A-Sun Tournament Championship (1994, 1996, 2004, 2005)
A-Sun Regular Season Championship (2005)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2007)

Kirk Speraw is an American basketball coach and former player. He is currently an assistant basketball coach for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, under Head Coach Fran McCaffery. Speraw previously served as the head coach for the men's basketball team at the University of Central Florida, from 1993 to 2010. Speraw took the Knights to four NCAA tournament appearances.

Kirk Speraw was named the 2006–07 Conference USA Coach of the Year on March 7, 2007. Speraw's first name was the inspiration for the formation of a UCF Basketball fan support group (Kirk's Jerks). Along with 2009, 2nd round draft pick (34th overall) shooting guard Jermaine Taylor, Andrew DeClercq (Florida '95) and Mark Jones (UCF '98) are the two former NBA players that Speraw has coached, with dozens playing professionally around the globe. Kirk also coached current NBA players Joey Graham and Steven Graham, who played at UCF for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State University.


The Sioux City, Iowa native played at the University of Iowa under coach Lute Olson. He also has an M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He was a member of the 1978–79 team that won the Big Ten title.

College coaching career[edit]

The Knights have reached the NCAA Tournament four times in program history ('94, '96, '04, '05), all under the guidance of Kirk Speraw.

  • Speraw's most successful season at UCF was 2003–04, when the Knights finished 25–6, received votes for the top 25, won the Atlantic Sun championship, and reached the NCAA Tournament.
  • Prior to the 2006–07 season, Speraw had a 209–178 record at UCF, and a 291–199 overall head coaching record.
  • Coach Speraw has had success at his other stops prior to UCF. He came to UCF after three years as an assistant coach at the University of Florida under former Gators head coach Lon Kruger.
  • Prior to UF, Kirk Speraw was the head coach at Pensacola Junior College from 1987–90.
  • At PJC, Speraw led the Pirates to an 82–21 record and three straight Panhandle Conference titles. As a head coach, he was 31-7 and finished fifth nationally in 1989–90.
  • In 1990, Speraw was named NABC/Kodak National Junior College Coach of the Year and Florida Junior College Coach of the Year.
  • Kirk Speraw is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and is the former representative of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
  • On March 15, 2010, UCF fired Kirk Speraw as head basketball coach.
  • On April 23, 2010, Speraw was announced as the new Iowa assistant basketball coach under Fran McCaffery.
  • On February 20, 2012, UCF announced that it was vacating its wins from the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 seasons after it was discovered that there was an ineligible player on the team.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UCF (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1993–2005)
1993–94 UCF 21–9 11–5 2nd NCAA 1st Round
1994–95 UCF 11–16 7–9 T–5th
1995–96 UCF 11–19 6–10 T–3rd (East) NCAA 1st Round
1996–97 UCF 7–19 4–12 6th (East)
1997–98 UCF 17–11 11–5 3rd (East)
1998–99 UCF 19–10 13–3 2nd
1999–2000 UCF 14–18 10–8 T–5th
2000–01 UCF 8–23 3–15 10th
2001–02 UCF 17–12 12–8 T–4th
2002–03 UCF 21–11 11–5 3rd (South)
2003–04 UCF 25–6 17–3 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2004–05 UCF 24–9 13–7 T–1st NCAA 1st Round
UCF (Conference USA) (2005–2010)
2005–06 UCF 14–15 7–7 5th
2006–07 UCF 22–9 11–5 2nd
2007–08 UCF 16–15 9–7 4th
2008–09* UCF 17–14* 7–9* 6th*
2009–10* UCF 15–17* 6–10* 9th*
UCF: 247–233* 145–128*
Total: 247–233*

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

* UCF had its wins from the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons vacated after it was ruled that there was ineligible player for the Knights.[1]


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