Donnie Kirksey, a former assistant coach at both DePaul and Chicago State, enters his third season in the same capacity on Head Coach Howard Moore's staff at UIC.
Before jumping back into the college coaching ranks, Kirksey served as the head basketball coach and athletic director at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago from 2007-10. In three seasons at the helm, Kirksey's teams averaged nearly 24 wins per season and posted an overall record of 71-18.
Before returning home, the Chicago native spent three and half years (2001-04) in Los Angeles where he worked for SFX Basketball Group, LLC. While there, he worked with several high-profile professional basketball clients, helping the athletes transition into professional life while organizing appearances and speaking engagements.
In 2000-2001, Kirksey was a member of Pat Kennedy's staff at DePaul. He organized film analysis and breakdown, assisted in practices and games and monitored the academic progress of the Blue Demons. From 1998-2000, Kirksey served in a similar capacity at Chicago State under Bo Ellis.
Kirksey graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Management, in 1985.