Robert Amis is in his second season with the Marshall Thundering Herd as a graduate assistant.
He comes to Marshall after having spent last season as an assistant coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas under one of the most successful junior college coaches in the country Pat Smith. While at Trinity Valley they accumulated a 25-6 record on their way to the NJCAA Region XIV North Zone regular season title and a final national ranking of No. 9. They defeated nationally ranked teams San Jacinto (2), Mclennan (18) and Jacksonville (22). Three of their players signed NCAA Division I letters of intent in Darius Gatson (Sam Houston State), Demario Hines (IPFW) and D.D. Scarver (Marshall). His daily duties consisted of scouting, on floor coaching, practice preparation and recruiting.
Before Trinity Valley, Amis was an assistant coach for Kentucky High School powerhouse Perry County Central. He worked under coaching legend Allan Hatcher who has amassed over 700 wins in his 35-year coaching career. He was in charge of scouting while assisting with on floor coaching, player development, team travel and fund raising. Perry Central was ranked in the top 25 the majority of the year before falling in the regional championship game. The team defeated eventual State Champion Shelby Valley and seven other state ranked opponents in the 2009-10 season. Amis worked primarily with guards while Perry Central finished the season as the state's leader in three point and field goal percentage.
His father, John Paul Amis, is a member of the Kentucky High School Hall of Fame. Robert played two seasons at NAIA University of Virginia's College at Wise and scored a career-high 16 points against NCAA Division I Longwood University. In his sophomore season, Amis was second on the team in assists and spent the majority of the year ranked in the nation's top 10 in assist to turnover ratio. He gave up his playing career to pursue his dream of coaching. Amis gained experience by working numerous basketball camps across the country, something he still does every summer.
A native of Hazard, Ky., Amis lettered four years at Perry County Central High School and was an all-state selection his senior year. Perry won three 54th district championships and two 14th region championships during his tenure. The team made the elite 8 in Kentucky's prestigious Sweet 16 basketball tournament in 2004.
He earned his bachelor's degree in 2011 from Adams State College.