Ron Jirsa

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Ron Jirsa
Ron Jirsa in 2009.jpg
Jirsa in 2009 as Minnesota assistant coach.
Sport(s) Men's basketball
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Radford
Conference Big South
Biographical details
Born (1959-12-21) December 21, 1959 (age 58)
New London, Connecticut
Alma mater Gettysburg College (B.A., 1981)
University of Tulsa (M.A., 1987)
Playing career
1977–1981 Gettysburg
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1983 Connecticut College (asst.)
1983–1984 Delaware (asst.)
1984–1985 VCU (grad. asst.)
1985–1988 Tulsa (asst.)
1988–1989 Belmont Abbey (asst.)
1990–1991 Gardner-Webb (asst.)
1991–1994 Tulsa (asst.)
1994–1995 Tulsa (assoc. HC)
1995–1997 Georgia (assoc. HC)
1997–1999 Georgia
1999–2003 Dayton (asst.)
2003–2007 Marshall
2007–2013 Minnesota (asst.)
2013–2014 Bethel (MN) (RC)
2014–2015 Tennessee Tech (asst.)
2015–present Radford (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 78–104

Ronald Howard Jirsa (born December 21, 1959) is an American college basketball coach who is currently an assistant coach at Radford. He has previously been the head coach at the University of Georgia and Marshall University.

Early life and education[edit]

Ronald Howard Jirsa was born in New London, Connecticut and grew up in nearby Ledyard.[1] After graduating from Ledyard High School in 1977, Jirsa attended Gettysburg College.[2] A member of the basketball team, Jirsa graduated from Gettysburg in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

He bounced around as an assistant coach, but had two significant stints at the University of Tulsa, first under J. D. Barnett from 1985 to 1988 and second under Tubby Smith from 1991 to 1993. Jirsa completing his Master of Arts degree in athletic administration at Tulsa in 1987 while assistant coach.[1] Smith promoted Jirsa to associate head coach in 1994, and Jirsa followed Smith to the University of Georgia.

When Smith departed for the University of Kentucky in 1997, Jirsa remained at Georgia and became head coach. Although Jirsa led Georgia to third place in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament title in his first season, he was fired in 1999 after going 35-30.[3]

Jirsa moved to Dayton and was an assistant for four seasons there before getting another head coaching job at Marshall. Jirsa was fired after four seasons at Marshall, going 43-74.[4] Most recently, he served under Tubby Smith as an assistant at the University of Minnesota. On March 25, 2013, it was announced that Smith, along with his entire staff had been relieved as coaches at Minnesota.[5]

In the 2013–14 season, Jirsa was recruiting coordinator at Division III Bethel University in Minnesota. The following season, Jirsa joined Steve Payne's coaching staff as an assistant at Tennessee Tech. In 2015, Jirsa made yet another move, this time as an assistant at Radford under Mike Jones.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1997–1999)
1997–98 Georgia 20–15 7–9 T–4th (East) NIT Third Place
1998–99 Georgia 15–15 6–10 4th (East) NIT First Round
Georgia: 35–30 13–19
Marshall Thundering Herd (Mid-American Conference) (2003–2005)
2003–04 Marshall 12–17 8–10 4th (East)
2004–05 Marshall 6–22 3–15 6th (East)
Marshall Thundering Herd (Conference USA) (2005–2007)
2005–06 Marshall 12–16 5–9 9th
2006–07 Marshall 13–19 7–9 T–8th
Marshall: 43–74 23–43
Total: 78–104


  1. ^ a b c "Ron Jirsa". Georgia Bulldogs. Archived from the original on February 11, 1998. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ron Jirsa ready to unveil his style of Old School Basketball at Marshall". Huntington Quarterly. Autumn 2003. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kendall, Josh (March 13, 1999). "Jirsa takes dismissal hard". Savannah Morning News. Archived from the original on September 20, 2002. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Associated Press. "Jirsa out at Marshall after 13-19 season.", Mar. 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Tubby Smith out at Minnesota. (2013-03-25). Retrieved on 2013-03-25.
  6. ^ "Ron Jirsa". Radford. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 

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