Roberts Introduced as St. John's Coach

<strong>Queens, NY</strong>&ndash; St. John&rsquo;s University announced today that Norm Roberts, Associate Head Coach at Kansas University, will be the next head coach of the Red Storm men&rsquo;s basketball team. Roberts was formally introduced at a news conference today.

“We are very excited to have Norm take the reins of our men’s basketball program,” said Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of St. John’s. “At a time when we needed a skilled coach, a leader and a man of great character, we managed to find all three in Norm. We have every confidence that he will be the kind of coach our University needs, leading our players both on an off the court.”

One of the top recruiters in the country, Coach Roberts’ primary duties at Kansas were recruiting and scouting, as well as perimeter player development. Roberts spent four years as head coach at his alma mater, Queens College, and four years as the freshman coach at Archbishop Molloy High School in New York, where he coached current NBA point guard Kenny Anderson.  He and his wife, Pascale, have two sons, Nicholas and Justin. Roberts is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Black Coaches Association.

“This is coming home,” said Coach Roberts. “It’s very exciting to be coaching in New York again, at a place where I always dreamed of doing the job. When I was growing up, Lou Carnesecca was on the sidelines [at St. Johns] and that's where I dreamed of playing."

At St. John’s University education is not only about career preparation but about learning to make a difference in the world. In addition to rigorous academic study, there is a focus on direct experience helping those less fortunate, which is at the core of our Vincentian heritage. With a total enrollment of more than 19,000 students, St. John’s University operates five campuses: in Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and Oakdale in New York and in Rome, Italy. The University has six schools and colleges and offers associate, baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees.


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