May 12, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State head basketball coach Steve
Robinson announced the hiring of Rob Wilkes, an assistant coach at Georgia
Southern, to his coaching staff on Friday. Wilkes will replace Jim Platt,
who accepted the head coaching job at Charleston Southern last week.
“I am very excited about the addition of Rob to our staff,” said
Robinson. “He is an energetic young man and a tireless worker. He has
been around the game of basketball all his life and is the son of a
basketball coaching legend. Rob brings a wealth of experience and will be
a great fit for our program.”
Wilkes, 29 and the son of longtime Stetson head coach Glenn Wilkes,
spent last season as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern, where he was
also the Eagles’ recruiting coordinator. Georgia Southern went 16-12 a
year ago, its first winning record since 1992-93. While at GSU, Wilkes
also signed 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 made the 1997 Elite Eight.
Wilkes graduated from Stetson in 1993 with a degree in sports
administration and earned a Master’s in international business
administration from Lynn in 1995. His brother, Scott, was a two-year
basketball letterman at Florida State from 1981-83.