Roberts named new basketball coach at St. John’s
Jamaica, NY (Sports Network) – Norm Roberts has been hired as the 18th men’s
head basketball coach at St. John’s University and will be formally introduced
at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
For the 38-year-old Roberts, it marks a homecoming as he was born and raised
in Queens, New York and led Springfield Gardens to the 1983 PSAL
championship. He then played at Queens College before taking on the coaching
position at his alma mater at the young age of 26. Queens went 24-84 under the
leadership of Roberts, who had no recruiting budget while he was there.
Since then, Roberts has been an assistant to the traveling Bill Self at Oral
Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois and this past season at Kansas.
Roberts, who withdrew his name from consideration for the SMU job, has been
described as a young Paul Hewitt. Hewitt, who has spoken highly of Roberts,
guided the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to the national championship game this
The position at St. John’s opened when Mike Jarvis, who was in his sixth
season with the team, was fired on December 19th. Assistant Kevin Clark was
named the interim coach and the Red Storm finished the season at a
disappointing 6-21. They also failed to make the Big East Tournament after
posting a 1-15 mark in the conference.
Jarvis finished his tenure at the school with a record of 110-61.