Robbie Laing joined Florida Atlantic University's staff in May of 2014. Laing will be instrumental in guiding an otherwise young staff among the college coaching ranks, with more than three decades of coaching experience, all at the collegiate level and 13 as a head coach. Laing understands the college game after spending time within the junior college level all the way to the nation's most elite programs.
Most recently, Laing served as the Head Coach at Campbell University. A position he held for 10 seasons. During that span, Laing oversaw one of the most successful stretches of basketball in Campbell's history as well as the completion of a new on-campus arena. He won the most games in a four-year stretch since the school moved to Division I, finished in the top half of the league four of the last five seasons and captured the only regular-season title since the programs inception (36 years)
After guiding Campbell to a share of the 2010 Atlantic Sun regular-season championship, plus school records for regular season (19) and league (14) wins, Laing was named A-Sun Coach of the Year. He was also recognized as the District 3 Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association and the A-Sun Coach of the Year by The Sporting News. Laing's 2010 recognition marked the first time the league tabbed a Campbell coach for its award since 1996. His 2011-12 squad opened the year 8-1 with victories over Iowa and East Carolina and were spent time in the mid-major college top-25 poll, a first for the University.
Named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2006 by CollegeInsider.com, Coach Laing's Fighting Camels ended the year as the country's second-highest scoring team, and only one other school among 334 NCAA Division I members boasted a greater jump in conference victories. In all, seven members of Laing's Campbell teams earned all-conference awards, five were named all-freshmen and a total of 33 were recognized on the all-academic team.
Laing was introduced as Campbell's head coach in April 2003 after spending two seasons at Kansas State University as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He also served in a similar capacity at Southern Mississippi, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia Southern.
His coaching career has taken him to stops in the Big-12, Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big South, Conference-USA, Sun Belt and Atlantic Sun conferences on the Division I level. He has recruited or coached six NBA players in his career, including three first-round draft choices as well as current FAU Head Coach Michael Curry.
Before spending the 1999-00 season as an assistant coach at Southern Mississippi, Laing served the previous three years (1996-99) as head coach at Jones Junior College in Ellisville, Miss.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at Jones Junior College in 1996, Laing was an assistant coach under (current Coastal Carolina head coach) Cliff Ellis at Auburn, where he also directed recruiting efforts. While at Auburn, the resurgent Tiger program made a pair of NIT berths. Laing also served under Ellis for one season at Clemson, helping guide the Tigers to 18 victories in 1993-94 and a run at the NIT title advancing to the quarterfinals.
Laing spent two stints as an assistant at Georgia Southern. In his final six-year stretch at the Statesboro, Ga., school (1989-93), Laing signed 15 players who went on to earn all-conference honors. While at Georgia Southern, the Eagles made appearances in three post-season tournaments - twice in the NIT and once in the NCAA. The Eagles captured four conference championships in that span. GS, who was ranked as high as No. 7 nationally, was the NIT Runner up to UNLV and saw its storied season come to a close in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to host Syracuse.
During the 1986-87 season at Western Kentucky, he helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 29-9 record and a Sun Belt Conference championship.
A 1982 graduate of Troy University, Laing embarked on his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater for two years, before moving on to Georgia Southern in 1984.
A standout athlete at Lakeside High School in Eufaula, Ala., Laing played football at Vanderbilt. He then transferred to Okaloosa Walton (Now North West Florida State) where he played basketball for Ray Ross. The squad posted a 22-11 record only to see OWJC drop the program, sending Laing to Seminole Community College, in Samford, FL for his next opportunity to play. SCC, coached by Joe Sterling, advanced to the state tournament where it lost in the second round but not before Laing garnered All-America honors. Laing then transferred to Troy where he earned his B.S. in biology and physical education in 1982 and won two letters as a member of Troy's basketball team. As a senior, Laing served as team captain. Laing completed his M.Ed. in physical education at Georgia Southern in 1993.
Laing began his coaching career in 1981 at South Montgomery (Ala.) County Academy, where he guided his 1981-82 squad to a 14-11 record and earned district Coach of the Year honors.
He and his wife, Dana are parents of five children (Ansley, Christian, Earl, Madison and Nathan).
Hometown: Eufala, Ala.
Education: Troy University; B.S. in biology and physical education, 1982
Marital Status: Diana
Family: Ansley, Christian, Earl, Madison and Nathan
2003-13 - Campbell University (Head Coach)
2000-03 - Kansas State University (Assistant Coach)
1999-00 - University of Southern Mississippi (Assistant Coach)
1996-99 - Jones County Junior College (Head Coach)
1994-96 - Auburn University (Assistant Coach)
1993-94 - Clemson University (Assistant Coach)
1987-93 - Georgia Southern University (Assistant Coach)
1986-87 - Western Kentucky University (Assistant Coach)
1984-86 - Georgia Southern University (Assistant Coach
1982-84 - Troy University (Assistant Coach)
1981-82 - Southern Motgomer County Academy (Ala.) (Head Coach)