Gator basketball assistant Norm Roberts headed to Kansas
After one season as an assistant coach with Florida's Billy Donovan, Norm Roberts has left the staff for a position at Kansas. Roberts will replace former Kansas assistant Danny Manning, who left the staff after the Jayhawks' loss to Kentucky in the national title game to become head coach at Tulsa.
Roberts, 45, is very familiar with Kansas head coach Bill Self. He previously worked as Self's assistant at Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas in 2003-04, where he was associate head coach. He left the program to take over as head coach at St. John’s. Roberts was fired at the end of the 2009-10 season after going 81-101 in six seasons at St. John’s. Donovan hired him last April.
“Norm Roberts did a great job on our staff the past year here at Florida,” Donovan said. “I have a lot of respect for the Kansas program and Bill Self, and I know this is a great opportunity for Norm and his family to all be together.”
Roberts' son, Niko, just completed his sophomore season as a preferred walk-on with the Jayhawks.