Taylor Adds Rob Wilkes To Basketball Staff

September 24, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Sept. 24, 2002

NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University head basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced the hiring of Rob Wilkes, a former assistant coach at Florida State and Georgia Southern today.

"We are very pleased with the results of a very thorough process producing the addition of Rob Wilkes, " Said Taylor. "Rob has had basketball in his blood from birth. He has had a variety of experiences at a relatively young age and is poised to blend in and contribute to our efforts."

Wilkes, 32 served as an assistant at Florida State from 2000-02, and Georgia Southern from 1999-00. While at Georgia Southern, Wilkes signed Florida's high school Class 6A players of the year two straight years. As an assistant at Florida State, he signed several top prospects, including a McDonald's All-American. Florida State's 2001 recruiting class ranked in the top 25 by both SuperPrep and HoopScoop Magazines.

Prior to his stint at Georgia Southern, Wilkes helped successfully build one of the top collegiate programs in the nation at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. He teammed with head coach Jeff Price to start the program from scratch and build it into a perennial Division II national powerhouse. During his six season's (1993-99) as an assistant coach there, the Lynn University Fighting Knights compiled a 136-42 record for a .764 winning percentage. Lynn advanced to national post season play all six years of its existence, three NAIA and three NCAA Division II tournaments. In 1997, the team advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity coach Taylor has given me to help build the program at ODU," said Wilkes. "There is a lot of potential here to build on, and I am ready to get started."

Wilkes comes from a very athletically oriented family. In addition to the outstanding success of his father, Glenn, the longtime coach at Stetson University, a brother Glenn, Jr., is the women's coach at Rollins College. Another brother, Scott was a two-year letterman at Florida State from 1981-83. Wilkes was a four-year member of the Stetson University basketball team and currently ranks fifth all-time in school history in assists.

Wilkes graduated from Stetson in 1993 with a degree in sports administration and earned a Master's degree in international business administration from Lynn in 1995.

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