NC State men’s basketball head coach Kevin Keatts announced Tuesday via release that former IU basketball player and assistant coach Mike Roberts has joined his staff as an assistant coach.
Roberts comes to NC State after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Cincinnati.
In January, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted to allow two more assistant coaches on men’s basketball staffs. These additional coaches can engage in coaching activities but may not recruit off campus.
Roberts will fill one of the new assistant coach positions that were created in January.
“I’m excited to welcome Mike to our staff,” Keatts said in the release. “He went into coaching the minute his playing career ended, and he’s won a lot of games both as a coach and a player. I was really impressed by Mike throughout the interview process and think he is a great fit with our staff and program. He has a wealth of knowledge, and he’s going to make our players better on and off the court.”
Roberts came to Cincinnati after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for Indiana University, working under former Head Coach Archie Miller. He helped Indiana during the transition period after Mike Woodson was hired and was offered a position before taking the Cincinnati job.
Prior to IU, he spent eight seasons as the Associate Head Coach at UNC Greensboro from 2011-19 under Wes Miller.
Roberts spent four years as an assistant coach at Rice University under Head Coach Ben Braun from 2008-2012.
He also spent two years on Braun’s staff at California from 2006-2008. Prior to California, he spent a year as a graduate assistant coach at Texas Tech under Bob Knight.
As an undergraduate at Indiana who was recruited by Knight, Roberts was a member of the Hoosiers’ basketball team for five seasons, helping Indiana to three NCAA Tournaments, including a national runner-up finish in 2002, and one NIT. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and recipient of a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, he served as team captain as a senior in the 2004-05 season.
The Terre Haute, Ind., native earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a certificate in management from Indiana in 2005 and his master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech in 2006.
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