Aug. 9, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson solidified his staff for the upcoming season with the addition of three assistants. Rob Wilkes and Stephen Giles have joined the staff as assistant coaches while Red Johnston is the new director of basketball operations. The trio joins Coleman Crawford, who has been a member of Robinson’s Seminole staff since 1997.
Wilkes, 29, comes to Florida State from Georgia Southern where he was an assistant coach during the 1999-2000 season. He was also the Eagles’ recruiting coordinator. Georgia Southern went 16-12, its first winning record since the 1992-93 season. While at GSU, Wilkes helped recruit Florida’s high school Class 6A players of the year each of the last two seasons.
Prior to his stint at Georgia Southern, Wilkes was an assistant coach at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., for six years (1993-99). Lynn compiled a 136-42 record during his time there, made the NCAA Division II national tournament each season and advanced to the 1997 Elite Eight.
Giles joins Robinson’s staff after working with the Orlando Magic for seven years, most recently as their scouting coordinator. In Orlando, Giles was responsible for overseeing the video scouting department as well as all pro and collegiate scouting. He also assisted with on-floor practice duties, prepared all game-related scouting material and aided in the preparation of training camp, summer league, draft day and free agent signings. Giles joined the Magic in 1992 as a video scout and was promoted to scouting coordinator in 1997.
While with the Magic, Giles was selected to coach a group of U.S. all-star teams in 1996. The team competed internationally as part of the Sports Challenge USA Tour. Prior to joining the Magic, Giles served as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Sunblasters of the USBL, Georgia Southern University and the University of North Carolina.
Johnston comes to Florida State from Maynard Evans High School in Orlando where he was the coordinator for the Premier Sports Academy and an assistant basketball coach. In addition to his extensive coaching background, he has worked extensively in the field of sports administration during his career.
Johnston has previously worked in the sports information offices at the University of Central Florida and in the athletic marketing and promotions office at Valencia Community College in Orlando.