McGuire attends Elkhart Memorial (Ind.) H.S.; Whitaker hails from Bartlett
Stew Robinson, a former assistant coach at both Texas Tech and Morehead State, enters his second season in the same capacity on Head Coach Howard Moore's staff at UIC.
Before returning to the Midwest, Robinson spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant with the Red Raiders under Head Coaches Bob Knight and Pat Knight. Tech advanced to three NCAA Tournaments (2003-05, 2004-05 and 2006-07) with Robinson on staff, and won 19 or more games four times.
After serving as an assistant at Plattsburgh State for one season, Robinson accepted a position on the staff of the Morehead State Eagles (2002-03). At 20-9 that season, the Eagles were co-champions of the Ohio Valley Conference and registered their second 20-win mark in school history.
Robinson was a three-year starter and two-time assist leader at Indiana (1982-86) under Bob Knight, helping the Hoosiers advance to three NCAA Tournaments, including two "Sweet 16" berths. He was also a member of Indiana's 1982-83 Big Ten Conference championship team. During his career, Robinson scored 630 points and dished out 391 assists.
Overall, Robinson has competed in post-season play in four seasons and coached three teams in the post-season.
A native of Anderson, Indiana, Stew was an all-state basketball player at Madison Heights High School. He is married to the former Tracy Baxter of Bloomington, Ind. They reside in suburban Chicago with their four children: Isaia (14), Mekhi (10), Amani (9), and Amire (7). The couple also has an older daughter, Sara (26).