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Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach David Hobbs

David Hobbs

David Hobbs

  • Position: Associate Head Coach
  • Years at Kentucky: 6th Year
David Hobbs is in his fifth season on the Kentucky bench and his second as associate head coach. The former Alabama head coach joined the UK staff in 2000.

Hobbs, 55, has spent 23 years coaching basketball at the collegiate level. His first job in college coaching came at Virginia Commonwealth, where he served as an assistant coach with Tubby Smith on J.D. Barnett’s staff. After coaching on the Rams’ staff for six years (1980-85), Hobbs was hired at Alabama as an assistant coach for Wimp Sanderson. His seven years as an assistant in Tuscaloosa were spent helping the Crimson Tide win one SEC Championship and four SEC Tournament crowns while the Tide made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. As an assistant, he had the opportunity to coach such All-SEC performers as Robert Horry, James “Hollywood” Robinson and Latrell Sprewell.

When Sanderson left Alabama following the 1992 season, Hobbs was named head coach. In his first season, the Tide finished 16-13 and advanced to the NIT. In 1994 and ’95, Alabama recorded 20-win seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament behind the play of NBA All-Star Antonio McDyess. In ’96, Hobbs led UA to a 19-13 mark and a berth in the NIT Final Four. He resigned his post following the 1998 season after compiling a 110-76 (59.4%) career record and producing nine All-SEC players.

Throughout his career, Hobbs has coached teams to more than 400 victories and 18 postseason tournament appearances, including 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Hobbs, a native of Lynchburg, Va., lettered his junior and senior seasons (1970-71) at VCU, where he earned his education degree after spending his first two seasons playing at Ferrum (Va.) Junior College. His coaching career began in the prep ranks at Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville, Va., for eight seasons, the last three as head coach.

Hobbs is married to Barbara “Skeet” Fleet Hobbs and they have two children, Heather and David, Jr., and twin one-year-old granddaughters.

Personal
Full Name: David A. Hobbs
Birth Date: April 25, 1949
Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
High School: E.C. Glass
College: Virginia Commonwealth
Sport Played: Basketball
Years Lettered: 1970, ‘71
Degree: Bachelor’s – Education (1972)

Coaching Career

1972-76
Lee-Davis High School (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assistant Coach

1977-79
Lee-Davis High School
Head Coach

1980-85
Virginia Commonwealth
Assistant Coach

1985-92
Alabama
Assistant Coach

1993-98
Alabama
Head Coach
1993 - 16-13 (NIT)
1994 - 20-10 (NCAA)
1995 - 23-10 (NCAA)
1996 - 19-13 (NIT)
1997 - 17-14
1998 - 15-16
Totals - 110-76 (6 years)

2000-present
Kentucky
Assistant Coach

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