Associate Head Coach
|2011-12 Women's Basketball Coaches|
|PHONE: (219) 464-6981||EMAIL: Greg.Kirby@valpo.edu|
Greg Kirby was promoted to associate head coach for the Valparaiso University women’s basketball program prior to the 2007-2008 season and is heading into his sixth season on the Crusader coaching staff.
Kirby joined the Crusader program before the 2006-2007 campaign as an assistant coach, and is responsible for instructing the defense and post players. He is the team’s scouting director and helps with recruiting, in addition to serving as the team’s academic monitor.
In his first five seasons with the Crusaders, five players have earned All-Conference honors, either in the Mid-Continent Conference or the Horizon League, with another two student-athletes being named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.
Kirby’s first season with the Brown and Gold saw the Crusaders earn a second place finish in the Mid-Continent Conference as Valpo posted a 20-11 season, the team’s fifth 20-win season in school history.
Since Kirby’s arrival, Valpo has twice been ranked in the WBCA Top-25 on the academic honor roll and the Crusaders have had 31 players earn academic honors from the conference.
Kirby arrived on the Valpo campus from across town, where he was the head girls basketball coach at Valparaiso High School for 16 seasons, beginning in 1990. During his stint with the Vikings, Kirby guided his squads to a 324-58 (.848) record, winning the Duneland Athletic Conference title 12 times. Kirby also led Valparaiso High School to 12 sectional titles, eight regional championships, and five state Final Four appearances. Twice the Vikings finished state runner-up.
In 1996, Kirby was named the state of Indiana’s Coach of the Year by the Girls Sports Association, an organization that named him District Coach of the Year three times. He also was named District Coach of the Year four times by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Prior to arriving at Valparaiso High School, Kirby was the boys varsity coach at Portage High School for nine seasons from 1978-1987 where he posted a 115-86 mark. Combined coaching both girls and boys, Kirby has tallied a 439-144 prep record, good for a .753 winning percentage.
Kirby was a business teacher at Valparaiso High School for five years as well as the Dean of Students at the high school for 11 years, retiring in the summer of 2006.
Kirby played collegiately at Northern Michigan for one season before transferring to William Jewell.
A 1969 graduate of William Jewell with a degree in business administration, Kirby earned his Master’s of Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1975.
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