Kirk Speraw and "Kirk's Jerks" on the UCF campus.
August 21, 1956|
Sioux City, Iowa
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1982–1987||Florida Southern (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
4× A-Sun Tournament (1994, 1996, 2004, 2005)|
A-Sun regular season (2005)
|C-USA Coach of the Year (2007)|
Kirk Crittendon Speraw (born August 21, 1956) is an American basketball coach who is currently an assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa. Speraw previously served as the head coach for the men's basketball team at University of Central Florida (UCF) from 1993 to 2010, during which UCF made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Early life and education
Kirk Crittendon Speraw was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. Before Kirk went to high school, his father Eugene "Bud" Speraw was an assistant basketball coach at Sioux City Central High School. Kirk followed his father to Sioux City Central games and helped keep statistics. Kirk later attended Sioux City North High School and lettered in basketball and four other sports, playing at guard on the basketball team.
Graduating in 1975, Speraw turned down scholarships from smaller schools to walk on at the University of Iowa. Playing under head coach Lute Olson, Speraw lettered in the 1977–78 and 1978–79 seasons, during the latter of which Iowa won the Big Ten Conference regular season title and made the NCAA Tournament.
From 1980 to 1982, Speraw was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Denver, then a Division II school, under Floyd Theard. Speraw again coached at the Division II level as an assistant at Florida Southern from 1982 to 1987, including for Florida Southern's third-place finish in the 1986 NCAA Tournament.
Speraw got his first head coaching job in 1987 at Pensacola Junior College. In three seasons, Speraw led Pensacola to an 82–21 record and three straight Panhandle Conference titles. In 1990, Speraw was named NABC/Kodak National Junior College Coach of the Year and Florida Junior College Coach of the Year, after Pensacola went 31–7 and finished fifth nationally.
After three seasons at Pensacola, Speraw returned to the Division I level for the first time in a near-decade as an assistant coach at the University of Florida under Lon Kruger and served in that position from 1990 to 1993. Florida made the National Invitation Tournament in 1992 and 1993 and advanced to the 1992 NIT semifinals. Among players Speraw coached at Florida were Andrew DeClercq, who would later play in the NBA.
On July 28, 1993, the University of Central Florida (UCF) hired Speraw as its men's basketball head coach. Inheriting a team that finished 10–17 in the previous season, Speraw led UCF to a 21–9 finish, Atlantic Sun Tournament title, and the program's debut NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season.
On March 15, 2010, UCF fired Kirk Speraw as head basketball coach.
Iowa assistant (2010–present)
Head coaching record
|UCF Knights (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1993–2005)|
|1993–94||UCF||21–9||11–5||2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|1995–96||UCF||11–19||6–10||T–3rd (East)||NCAA Round of 64|
|2003–04||UCF||25–6||17–3||2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|2004–05||UCF||24–9||13–7||T–1st||NCAA Round of 64|
|UCF Knights (Conference USA) (2005–2010)|
|UCF:||247–233* (.515)||145–128* (.531)|
Postseason invitational 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.
Speraw is married and has four children.
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