Iowa State hires David Hobbs as basketball assistant

Former Alabama coach has long relationship with Steve Prohm

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AMES — Iowa State men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm wanted to be familiar with whomever filled the last vacancy in his staff.

His latest addition has brought his coaching life full circle.

Iowa State announced Wednesday it hired former Alabama coach David Hobbs to serve as special assistant to the head coach. Hobbs fills the spot held by Neill Berry, who was promoted to assistant coach after T.J. Otzelberger departed to be the head coach at South Dakota State.

With 26 years of college coaching experience, Hobbs was the Crimson Tide coach when Prohm was a student assistant and manager. Hobbs was most recently an NBA scout with the Utah Jazz.

“It is great to be adding coach Hobbs to our staff,” Prohm said in a release. “I’ve had a relationship with him for more than 20 years so there is a familiarity there. He’s been with championship teams and programs, and he’s been in the NBA, which will be a significant benefit to our players. It will be a great addition to the program.”

Hobbs was the head coach at Alabama from 1992-98 after seven years as an assistant at the school. He posted a 110-76 record in his six seasons, the third-best mark in the SEC during that stretch behind only Kentucky and Arkansas.

Following his stint at Alabama, Hobbs was an assistant for seven seasons at Kentucky under Tubby Smith. Since 2008, he has been in the NBA as a scout with the Charlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets and Jazz.

“Steve has always been a guy that I have had a lot of respect for, from the way he has conducted himself to the steps he’s taken to get where he is today,” Hobbs said in a release. “I’m very invested in Steve, going all the way back to when we were together at Alabama. I’ve always thought that if there is any way that I can help him be successful, I’d be happy to do it because he has not skipped steps, he’s paid his dues and represented himself the right way at every university he’s ever been at. When the opportunity came to join him and help him I was happy to do it.”

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