GREENVILLE, N.C. --- First-year East Carolina basketball coach Jeff Lebo announced the addition of three members to his initial coaching staff Tuesday as Tim Craft, Ken Potosnak and Kyle Robinson have been hired. Craft and Potosnak join Michael Perry, who was retained from the previous staff, as assistant coaches, while Robinson takes over as the Pirates’ director of basketball operations.
“I’m very excited to have my full staff in tact,” Lebo said. “This a very experienced group of coaches that I know very well. They each have a wide variety of connections and recruiting contacts and each have a set of exemplary coaching skills that will help shape the future of the program.
“I’m pleased to have coach Perry as part of the staff. His head coaching experience and reputation as a recruiter will be very beneficial as we move the program forward.”
Craft comes to ECU after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach to Lebo at Auburn. Potosnak was a member of Lebo’s coaching staff at Auburn the past two years. Robinson, who served as a graduate assistant at Auburn for three years, spent the past three seasons as the director of basketball operations at College of Charleston.
Craft originally joined the Auburn program as the Tigers’ director of basketball operations for the 2007-08 campaign before being promoted to assistant coach for the past two seasons. Prior to joining Lebo at Auburn, Craft spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb.
The Tallahassee, Fla. native and University of Florida graduate (2000) coached four All-Atlantic Sun players in his three years and recruited and helped to assemble a top 50 national recruiting class for Gardner-Webb in 2006. The Bulldogs also won their first Atlantic Sun championship with Craft on the bench. Regarded as an outstanding defensive coach, Craft helped tutor Tim Jennings, the first two-time Atlantic Sun Defensive Player-of-the-Year.
Craft began his coaching career as the assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Robert F. Munroe School in Quincy, Fla., in 2000-01. He was promoted to the Head Varsity Boy's Basketball Coach at Munroe the following season in 2001-02 before moving to Pensacola Junior College in 2002-03 where he spent two seasons.
“Tim is an up-and-coming coach who is a tireless worker,” Lebo said. “He has experience coaching and recruiting in North Carolina which will be a valuable asset to our program.”
Potosnak has over 20 years of coaching experience, including the last two with Lebo at Auburn. Prior to going to Auburn he spent three seasons as an assistant coach to former ECU coach Dave Odom at South Carolina. He helped recruit one of the top 20 classes in the country featuring future All-America selection Devan Downey.
Potosnak began his coaching career as a graduate assistant to Odom at Wake Forest from 1990-92 helping the Demon Deacons to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. He then served five years as an assistant coach at The Citadel before an eight-year tenure at Furman.
He is a 1990 graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a pair of top 25 finishes in 1989 and ‘90 As a senior guard in 1990, he was named Randolph-Macon's Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year. He earned a master's degree from Wake Forest in 1992.
“Ken is a very experienced recruiter and coach that is very well-known in the areas that we seek to recruit,” Lebo stated. “He has a great domestic and international recruiting background with a keen eye for talent.”
Robinson comes to East Carolina after spending the past three seasons as the director of basketball operations at College of Charleston. Robinson joined the Cougars' staff after spending three seasons as a graduate assistant at Auburn.
“Kyle did a great job for me as a graduate assistant at Auburn and for coach Bobby Cremmins at the College of Charleston as his director of operations,” Lebo explained. “He is a very organized and detailed young man that understands the day-to-day operations of a college basketball program and will do an exceptional job in this role.”
Following his 2003 graduation from Gardner-Webb, where he served as a manager to the men's basketball team for four seasons, Robinson was spent one season as an assistant coach at Lincoln Christian College.
He then spent three seasons as a graduate assistant under Lebo at Auburn while pursuing his master’s degree. A native of Clover, S.C., Robinson earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Gardner-Webb was a three-time selection to the President's List. He received his mater’s degree from AU in 2007.