Norm Roberts

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Norm Roberts
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Kansas
Record 64–85
Biographical details
Born (1965-07-21) July 21, 1965 (age 51)
Queens, New York
Playing career
1983–1987 Queens College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1995 Queens College
1995–1997 Oral Roberts (asst.)
1997–2000 Tulsa (asst.)
2000–2003 Illinois (asst.)
2003–2004 Kansas (asst.)
2004–2010 St. John's
2011–2012 Florida (asst.)
2012–present Kansas (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 88–169 (.342)

Norman Roberts (born July 21, 1965) is a men's college basketball coach. He is currently an assistant coach at Kansas and is the former head coach of the St. John's Red Storm.


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.[1] In April 2012 Roberts returned to the University of Kansas as an assistant coach; filling the position left by Danny Manning.

St. John's[edit]

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.[2] He succeeded Kevin Clark, who served as the interim coach after Mike Jarvis, who was fired midway through the 2003–04 season.

Roberts was fired by St. John's on March 19, 2010, after the Red Storm lost in the first round of the 2010 NIT.[3] In 2011, Florida coach Billy Donovan hired Roberts as an assistant coach.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Queens College (East Coast Conference – Division II) (1991–1995)
1991–92 Queens 6–21 2–16
1992–93 Queens 8–19 7–11
1993–94 Queens 4–23 2–20
1994–95 Queens 6–21 4–18
Queens: 24–84 15–65
St. John's (Big East Conference) (2004–2010)
2004–05 St. John's 9–18 3–13 13th
2005–06 St. John's 12–15 5–11 T-13th
2006–07 St. John's 16–15 7–9 11th
2007–08 St. John's 11–19 5–13 14th
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
St. John's: 81–101 32–70
Total: 105–185

      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


Roberts and his wife Pascale have two sons. His son Niko played on the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team as an invited walk-on.