ROBBIE LAING | ASSISTANT COACH
Robbie Laing enters his first season as an assistant coach at UCF, following a two-year stint at Florida Atlantic.
Prior to his stint at FAU, he was the head coach at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, for 10 seasons. Laing’s most successful season came in 2009-10 when he guided the Camels to an Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title, winning a school record 19 games. He was tabbed the league’s Coach of the Year that season along with being recognized as the District 3 Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association. The following season, Laing and the Camels were ranked in the mid-major college top-25 poll for the first time in school history.
During his career, Laing has been an assistant coach at a number of Division I programs, including Kansas State (2000-03), Southern Mississippi (1999-00), Auburn (1994-96), Clemson (1993-94), Georgia Southern (1984-86, 1987-93), Western Kentucky (1986-87) and Troy (1982-84).
He got his first collegiate head coaching job in 1996 at Jones Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi, where he spent three seasons at the helm.
Laing graduated from Lakeside High School in Eufaula, Alabama, where he was a standout in basketball and football. Following high school, he went to play football at Vanderbilt for one season. He then transferred to North West Florida State to play basketball. The squad posted a 22-11 record only to see OWJC drop the program, sending Laing to Seminole State Community College, where he garnered All-America honors. Laing then transferred to Troy where he earned a degree in biology and physical education in 1982. The following year, Laing went to Georgia Southern to earn his Master’s degree in physical education.
He and his wife, Dana are parents of five children: Ansley, Christian, Earl, Madison and Nathan.