MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Auburn University at Montgomery men's basketball coach Larry Chapman has announced the hiring of Bob Hubbard to be the team's new assistant coach. Hubbard brings several years of coaching experience to AUM, including working for two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama.
"Bob is highly qualified and has a lifetime of experiences," Chapman said. "He's coached in high school and college, and just has a great passion for basketball and a great passion to teach and lead young people."
Hubbard has been coaching professionally since 1976. Most recently, he was the head coach of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. for the 2000-01 season. That year, he led the team to a 29-3 record, which included a national ranking as high as 11th and a trip to the state championship game. The team was led by current NBA player C.J. Watson, who is now a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
"I expect to be involved in every aspect of the program," Hubbard said. "From the basketball part, to the academic part and to the personal development of players. I want to give them life skills and the opportunity to make themselves a better product in our society."
Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Hubbard began his coaching career as the head coach at Wheatland-Chili High School in Scottsville, N.Y. There, he took over a 4-15 team and led them to a 54-28 record from 1976-1980. He was named the 1979-80 Region Coach of the Year after the Wildcats became Genesee Region Champions.
In 1980, Hubbard began the first of two seasons as assistant coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Division III program located in his home town. He then moved to Alabama to work as a graduate assistant coach under head coach Wimp Sanderson at the University of Alabama.
After two successful years with the Crimson Tide, including a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, Hubbard received a full-time assistant coaching opportunity at the University of South Alabama. He stayed with the Jaguars through the 1987-88 season.
Hubbard received an associate degree in liberal arts from Orange Coast College in 1971, and he also holds a bachelor's in health education/health science from Long Beach State University.
In addition to his basketball expertise, Hubbard has extensive experience working as a golf instructor. During his assistant coaching days at South Alabama, he also worked as the head golf coach for the Jaguars. In 1987, Hubbard earned Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors, and he has worked as an instructor for a wide variety of golf schools in recent years.
While Hubbard has not coached basketball full-time since his brief period at Bishop Gorman, he has remained involved with local AAU teams while also providing support to the men's basketball team at Gulf Shores High School in Alabama. Chapman is confident that Hubbard will be a tremendous asset to the Warhawks program as the team looks to return to prominence.
"His knowledge of basketball is unbelievable," Chapman said. "He has a great basketball mind and teaches the game in a very deep and wonderful way. The teacher is really the key. Not what you're teaching, but the teacher. And he is a great teacher. I'm just glad he chose to be here."