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Kirk Speraw and "Kirk's Jerks"
August 21, 1956 |
Sioux City, Iowa
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1982–1987||Florida Southern (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|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
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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.
Head coaching record
|UCF (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1993–2005)|
|1993–94||UCF||21–9||11–5||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|1995–96||UCF||11–19||6–10||T–3rd (East)||NCAA 1st Round|
|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)|
National champion 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.