Robo Kreps Joins UIC Basketball Staff as Graduate Manager
Sept. 3, 2014
CHICAGO - Former UIC basketball star Robo Kreps will join the Flames' staff as a graduate manager, as announced by head coach Howard Moore on Wednesday afternoon. Kreps was a four-year letterwinner for UIC (2008-11) and currently ranks as the program's seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,594 career points and fourth in career threes (230).
Kreps' duties will consist of team logistics, assisting with strength training and conditioning and providing leadership guidance to the players. He will be pursuing his master's degree in Educational Studies.
"Robo is the ideal candidate for this position," said Moore. "His passion for the sport and ability to relate to the players will be a welcome addition to our staff. He is a first-class individual and going forward I know he will make decisions based on what is best for the players."
Kreps was a senior during Moore's first year with the Flames, leading the team in scoring (15.8 ppg) and made three-pointers (71). On Dec. 18, 2010, Kreps helped UIC make history by scoring a team-high 15 points in a 57-54 victory against No. 12 Illinois in front of a 13,000-plus crowd at the United Center. The win tied a program record for the largest upset in UIC basketball history, which still stands today.
"This is a perfect fit and opportunity for me," said Kreps. "I love the sport of basketball and the strength training behind it. I have a great relationship with Coach Moore and several others on staff, so this will be an easy transition for me. I am truly excited to begin this next chapter of my life."
After earning a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from UIC, Kreps played one year of professional basketball in the country of Georgia for MIA Academy. He was second in the league's MVP voting race and averaged 23.1 points per game.
Kreps was runner-up for the title of Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2007 after a stellar senior year at Maroa-Forsyth High School. He finished second to 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose (Simeon) and ahead of current Indiana Pacers wing Evan Turner (St. Joseph).