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Kirk Speraw
Kirk  Speraw

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
University of Iowa, 1980


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Kirk Speraw is in his sixth year as an assistant coach at Iowa. Speraw, who has over three decades of coaching experience, assists in all aspects of the program including recruiting, opponent scouting, practices, player development and game preparation.

Speraw has helped rejuvenate the Iowa basketball program since arriving at Iowa in 2010. Not only has the attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena increased by more than 50 percent, but Speraw has helped vault the program back to national prominence.

Iowa has won 20 or more games each of the last three seasons, its longest streak in 15 years. Additionally, Iowa has averaged 21 wins the last four seasons, with its 85 victories ranking sixth most over a four-year span in program history.

After a 25-win season, which matched the second-most victories by a Hawkeye team in program history, and NIT runner-up finish in 2013, Speraw helped coach the Hawkeyes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. Speraw has helped coach the Black and Gold to upper division finishes each of the past three seasons, including a top three finish in 2015. Last March, Speraw and the Hawkeyes posted the largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament 7/10 match-up, beating 10th-seeded Davidson 83-52 in the second round.

The past five years at Iowa, Speraw helped coach seven Hawkeyes to professional contracts, including Devyn Marble and Aaron White, who were selected by the Orlando Magic (2014) and Washington Wizards (2015) in the NBA Draft, respectively.

Speraw has helped mentor four Hawkeyes to All-Big Ten status during his tenure, including Roy Devyn Marble (2014) and Aaron White (2015) to first team accolades. Also, Speraw helped develop Gabriel Olaseni, who was voted 2015 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and finished his collegiate career ranked fourth in blocked shots (141). He also helped coach three All-Big Ten Freshman performers (Eric May in 2010, Melsahn Basabe in 2011, and Aaron White in 2012).

Speraw, who is a Sioux City, Iowa, native was a two-time Hawkeye letterman (1978-79) who played for head coach Lute Olson. He was a member of the 1978-79 squad that won 20 contests and a Big Ten title. As a senior, he was named the team's most inspirational player.

As both an assistant and head coach, Speraw has mentored dozens of players who have played professionally, including Hawkeyes Ronnie Lester, Steve Krafcisin, Vince Brookins, Steve Waite, Kenny Arnold, Kevin Boyle, Mark Gannon and Bobby Hansen.

Speraw began his coaching career with the Hawkeyes, serving as a graduate assistant with Iowa's 1979-80 team that advanced to the Final Four. The Hawkeyes went 23-8 that season. Speraw then moved to Denver University, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for two years (1980-82).

Speraw joined the Hawkeyes after serving 17 years as head coach at the University of Central Florida (1993-2010). During his tenure, 18 of his players received all-league honors, including four first team honorees. Additionally, since the start of the 1993-94 season, 54 of Speraw's UCF student-athletes earned academic all-conference recognition.

His tenure included four NCAA Tournament berths (1994, '96, '04 and `05). In 2006-07, he was recognized as Conference USA Coach of the Year after guiding the Knights to 22 victories and a second place league finish. His most successful season at UCF was in 2003-04, when the Knights finished 25-6, received votes in the top 25 and won the Atlantic Sun championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to his head coaching job at UCF, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Florida for three seasons (1990-93) under Head Coach Lon Kruger. While on the Florida staff, the Gators participated in two NIT's, including advancing to the semifinals in 1992.

Prior to his three years in Gainesville, Speraw was the head coach at Pensacola Junior College (PJC) from 1987-90. At PJC, he led the Pirates to an 82-21 record and three consecutive Panhandle Conference titles. His 1989-90 team won 31 games and finished fifth nationally. The team's success that year earned Speraw national recognition. He was tabbed the NABC/Kodak National Junior College Coach of the Year, as well as the state's Coach of the Year.

Speraw also had a coaching stop at Florida Southern, serving as an assistant from 1982-87. The Moccasins posted a 100-46 record and made four appearances in the Division II NCAA Tournament, including a third-place finish in 1986.

Speraw and his wife, Tracy (an Iowa City native), have two sons, Drew and Dustin, and two daughters, Brooke and Bailey. Drew played for his dad at Central Florida for four years.

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