ROBBIE LAING | ASSISTANT COACH
Robbie Laing was named an assistant coach for UCF Men's Basketball in April of 2016 under head coach Johnny Dawkins.
With Laing on staff, the Knights had immediate success with an overall record of 24-12, doubling the team’s win total from 2015-16 and marking the sixth best turnaround in all of NCAA.
With just seven scholarship players, the Knights earned their highest ever seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, and third seeded UCF advanced to The American Semifinals for the first time in program history.
A season full of firsts, UCF hosted its first NIT game in 2016-17, defeating Colorado for the program’s first ever win in an NIT or NCAA Tournament game. The Knights went on to defeat top seeded Illinois State on the road, before coming home to the first ever sell-out crowd at CFE Arena and winning 68-58 over Illinois to earn a spot in the NIT Final Four.
With Laing in the fold, UCF led all of NCAA Division I in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to just 36.5 percent from the floor. The Knights were also sixth in the nation, allowing only 61.2 points per game, and gave up 45 or less points in four games over the course of the year.
Laing 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 Florida Atlantic (2014-16), 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.