June 21, 2010
Georgetown University Men's Basketball Head Coach John Thompson III announced today that Robert Kirby has been hired as an assistant basketball coach.
Kirby, who has more than 26 years experience in coaching, spent the past 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi State. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Kirby returned to Mississippi State in 1998 after spending five seasons (1994-98) as an assistant coach at the University of Houston. Prior to coaching at Houston, Kirby had served from 1990-93 as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, and before that he was an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana University (1988-89) and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1985-88). He began his full time coaching career as an assistant at Arkansas College in 1984.
A two-year basketball letterwinner and 1983 graduate of Pan American University (now known as the University of Texas-Pan American) in Edinburg, Texas, Kirby was a starting forward on the 1980-81 Bronc club that earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament after recording a regular-season upset win over the eventual NCAA Champion Indiana Hoosiers. He went on to average 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior before serving one season as a student assistant coach at his alma mater.
Kirby began his collegiate playing career at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., where he helped lead the Raiders to the 1978-79 national championship as a freshman and a fifth-place national team finish the following season.
Coach Thompson also announced that Darryl Prue has been promoted to director of basketball operations. He formally held the position of video coordinator.
Prior to last year, Prue was a member John Thompson III's staff from 2004-05 to 2006-07. Prue rejoined the Hoyas after spending two years as an assistant to Todd Bozeman at Morgan State University.
After graduating from West Virginia in 1990, Prue spent 11 years on the international basketball circuit, winning three league championships.
A native of Washington, D.C., Prue guided Dunbar High School to a No. 1 national ranking by USA Today in his junior season. His many honors include two First Team All-Met selections and Third Team All-American (Street & Smith) status as a senior.
Prue lettered all four years at West Virginia, while earning a bachelor of arts in physical education. He was honored as the Co-Rookie of the Year in the Atlantic 10 as a freshman, received Second Team All-League honors his sophomore year and First Team recognition his last two years. Prue was named an Honorable Mention All-American his junior year.