NORMAL – Hopefully Rob Judson did not throw away all his red clothes.
New Illinois State basketball coach Ryan Pedon ended his staff on Monday by announcing that Judson is returning to the Redbirds in his previous role as assistant coach.
Judson served as assistant to Tim Jankovich for five seasons and for one year under Dan Muller from 2007-2013.
“Rob Judson is a home renter for our basketball program,” Pedon said. “I could not be more excited to add Rob to our staff. Both Rob and his wife Kim, who is an ISU professor, have great familiarity with Illinois State University and our Bloomington-Normal community.”
Since leaving ISU, Judson has stopped coaching in Indiana, Marquette and in recent seasons with DePaul as the special assistant to the head coach. He was in the same role with Marquette for four years.
Judson was director of basketball operations for two seasons in Indiana before moving into an assistant coaching position for two seasons.
“It’s a special privilege and honor to be appointed to the position of coach under the leadership of Ryan Pedon at Illinois State University,” Judson said. “Coach Pedon is a unique person and rising star in college coaching who has a sensational vision for ISU basketball. My enthusiasm for training again at Redbird Arena is at the highest level. This is a special time to compete for expertise in Missouri Valley Conference with our goal of cutting the nets. “
The ISU posted a record of 122-79 with four bids for the National Invitation Tournaments and three Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships in Judson’s first term.
Judson joined the ISU after serving as head coach in northern Illinois for six years. The 2005-06 squad won the only straight Mid-American Conference West Division Championship in NIU history.
Prior to NIU, Judson was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Illinois, for five seasons under Lon Kruger and Bill Self. Illini participated in four NCAA tournaments, advanced to Elite Eight in 2001 and won two Big Ten Conference titles. Judson recruited three consecutive Illinois Mr. Basketball Winners for Illini – Sergio McClain, Frank Williams and Brian Cook.
Judson opened his collegiate coaching career in 1989-91 when he joined Jim Molinari’s coaching staff in Northern Illinois, which won a Mid-Continent Conference title in 1991. He followed Molinari to Bradley and was assistant coach at the Braves from 1991-96. Bradley won his last regular season MVC title in 1996.
A four-year-old postman in Illinois from 1975-79, Judson still holds the career record for a free throw percentage of 0.875. He was a 1979 CoSIDA Academic All-American, while achieving Academic All-Big Ten honors in 1979 and 1980.
In 1990, Judson was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a player. The IBCA also recently awarded Judson the prestigious Herrin Award in 2021 for his dedication to the IBCA and its coaches.
“His coaching resume speaks for itself as he has worked with some of the best coaches in college basketball,” Pedon said. “These experiences, combined with his knowledge and sense of basketball in our home state of Illinois, were very appealing to me and will strengthen Redbird basketball in the future.”
Pedon has previously appointed Walter Offutt and Andrew Dakich as assistant coaches.
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