July 21, 1965 |
Queens, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1995–1997||Oral Roberts (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
Roberts attended Springfield Gardens High School, where he was a teammate of Anthony Mason. His first coaching opportunity came when Jack Curran hired him as coach of the freshman team at Archbishop Molloy High School. In 1991 Roberts became head coach at Queens College, a position he held until 1995. Prior to the 1996–97 season, Roberts was hired by then-Oral Roberts head coach Bill Self. Roberts followed Self to University of Tulsa (in 1998), University of Illinois (in 2000) and University of Kansas (in 2003). On April 13, 2004 he signed a five-year contract to coach the men's basketball team at St. John's University. His assistants included Glenn Braica, Chris Casey, and Fred Quartlebaum. In April 2012 Roberts returned to the University of Kansas as an assistant coach; filling the position left by Danny Manning.
On April 13, 2004 Roberts signed a five-year contract to coach the men's basketball team at St. John's University. Although Roberts was thought of as a longshot, school officials were impressed by his work as Self's top recruiter over the past four years. Additionally, he was a New York City native, and it was hoped he would rebuild the Red Storm's traditional pipeline to the area's rich pool of high school basketball players. Historically, St. John's has been known for fielding powerhouse teams built mainly on New York City talent. He succeeded Kevin Clark, who served as the interim coach after Mike Jarvis, who was fired midway through the 2003–04 season.
Head coaching record
|Queens College (East Coast Conference – Division II) (1991–1995)|
|St. John's (Big East Conference) (2004–2010)|
|2008–09||St. John's||16–18||6–12||13th||CBI, First Round|
|2009–10||St. John's||17–16||6–12||13th||NIT, First Round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Roberts and his wife Pascale have two sons. His son Niko played on the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team as an invited walk-on.
- Player Bio: Norm Roberts – St. John'S University Official Athletic Site
- Jacobson, Mike. St. Elsewhere. New York Magazine, 2005-05-21.
- St. John's fires head coach Norm Roberts, Billy Donovan and Rick Pitino top potential candidate list – NY Daily News
- New Florida assistant Norm Roberts, Billy Donovan share New York roots