Kirk Speraw

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Kirk Speraw
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Kirk Speraw and "Kirk's Jerks" on the UCF campus.
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Iowa
Conference Big 10
Biographical details
Born (1956-08-21) August 21, 1956 (age 63)
Sioux City, Iowa
Playing career
1977–1979 Iowa
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1980 Iowa (asst.)
1980–1982 Denver (asst.)
1982–1987 Florida Southern (asst.)
1987–1990 Pensacola JC
1990–1993 Florida (asst.)
1993–2010 UCF
2010–present Iowa (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 247–233 (.515)
Accomplishments and honors
A-Sun Tournament (1994, 1996, 2004, 2005)
A-Sun regular season (2005)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2007)

Kirk Crittendon Speraw (born August 21, 1956) is an American basketball coach who is currently an assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa. Speraw previously served as the head coach for the men's basketball team at University of Central Florida (UCF) from 1993 to 2010, during which UCF made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Early life and education

Kirk Crittendon Speraw was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. Before Kirk went to high school, his father Eugene "Bud" Speraw was an assistant basketball coach at Sioux City Central High School. Kirk followed his father to Sioux City Central games and helped keep statistics.[1] Kirk later attended Sioux City North High School and lettered in basketball and four other sports, playing at guard on the basketball team.[1]

Graduating in 1975, Speraw turned down scholarships from smaller schools to walk on at the University of Iowa.[1] Playing under head coach Lute Olson, Speraw lettered in the 1977–78 and 1978–79 seasons, during the latter of which Iowa won the Big Ten Conference regular season title and made the NCAA Tournament.[2]

Coaching career

After graduating from Iowa in 1979, Speraw joined Olson's staff at Iowa as a graduate assistant. In the 1979–80 season, Iowa made the Final Four.[2]

From 1980 to 1982, Speraw was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Denver, then a Division II school, under Floyd Theard.[2] Speraw again coached at the Division II level as an assistant at Florida Southern from 1982 to 1987, including for Florida Southern's third-place finish in the 1986 NCAA Tournament.[2]

Speraw got his first head coaching job in 1987 at Pensacola Junior College. In three seasons, Speraw led Pensacola to an 82–21 record and three straight Panhandle Conference titles. In 1990, Speraw was named NABC/Kodak National Junior College Coach of the Year and Florida Junior College Coach of the Year, after Pensacola went 31–7 and finished fifth nationally.[3]

After three seasons at Pensacola, Speraw returned to the Division I level for the first time in a near-decade as an assistant coach at the University of Florida under Lon Kruger and served in that position from 1990 to 1993. Florida made the National Invitation Tournament in 1992 and 1993 and advanced to the 1992 NIT semifinals. Among players Speraw coached at Florida were Andrew DeClercq, who would later play in the NBA.[3]

UCF (1993–2010)

On July 28, 1993, the University of Central Florida (UCF) hired Speraw as its men's basketball head coach.[4] Inheriting a team that finished 10–17 in the previous season, Speraw led UCF to a 21–9 finish, Atlantic Sun Tournament title, and the program's debut NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season.[5]

Speraw's most successful season at UCF was 2003–04, when the Knights finished 25–6, received votes for the top 25, won the Atlantic Sun championship, and reached the NCAA Tournament.[3]

Conference USA named Speraw the men's basketball Coach of the Year for the 2006–07 season.[3]

On March 15, 2010, UCF fired Kirk Speraw as head basketball coach.[6]

On February 20, 2012, UCF announced that it was vacating its wins from the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 seasons after it was discovered that there was an ineligible player on the team.[7]

Iowa assistant (2010–present)

On April 23, 2010, Speraw joined Fran McCaffery's staff at Iowa, Speraw's alma mater.[8]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UCF Knights (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1993–2005)
1993–94 UCF 21–9 11–5 2nd NCAA Round of 64
1994–95 UCF 11–16 7–9 T–5th
1995–96 UCF 11–19 6–10 T–3rd (East) NCAA Round of 64
1996–97 UCF 7–19 4–12 6th (East)
1997–98 UCF 17–11 11–5 3rd (East)
1998–99 UCF 19–10 13–3 2nd
1999–2000 UCF 14–18 10–8 T–5th
2000–01 UCF 8–23 3–15 10th
2001–02 UCF 17–12 12–8 T–4th
2002–03 UCF 21–11 11–5 3rd (South)
2003–04 UCF 25–6 17–3 2nd NCAA Round of 64
2004–05 UCF 24–9 13–7 T–1st NCAA Round of 64
UCF Knights (Conference USA) (2005–2010)
2005–06 UCF 14–15 7–7 5th
2006–07 UCF 22–9 11–5 2nd
2007–08 UCF 16–15 9–7 4th
2008–09 UCF* 17–14* 7–9* 6th*
2009–10 UCF* 15–17* 6–10* 9th*
UCF: 247–233* (.515) 145–128* (.531)
Total: 247–233* (.515)

      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

* UCF had its wins from the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons vacated after it was ruled that there was ineligible player for the Knights.[7]

Personal life

Speraw is married and has four children.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Schmadtke, Alan (March 13, 2005). "A quiet storm". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kirk Speraw". University of Iowa Athletics. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kirk Speraw". UCF Knights. Archived from the original on April 6, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  4. ^ Greene, Jerry (July 29, 1993). "Speraw Targets Next Level for UCF". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Central Florida Knights School History". SR CBB. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Limon, Iliana (March 15, 2010). "UCF fires men's basketball coach Kirk Speraw". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  7. ^ a b UCF responds to NCAA concerning alleged infractions (PDF)
  8. ^ Poe, Barry (April 23, 2010). "Speraw named to Iowa basketball coaching staff". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved May 19, 2017.

External links

  • Iowa biography
  • UCF biography
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