Bob MacKinnon, 44, joined the Marshall coaching staff in the summer of 2003 as the senior assistant to head coach Ron Jirsa. MacKinnon is reknown around the college coaching circles as one of the nation's finest assistant coaches. A veteran coach and talented recruiter, MacKinnon most-recently served on the staff of Matt Doherty at the University of North Carolina.
"Bob has had tremendous experience, both as a head coach and as an assistant in two of the top leagues in the country," Jirsa said. "He has strong connections all over the country and is accustomed to competing on the highest levels in the ACC and Big East. He is a valuable asset to our program at Marshall."
A native of Buffalo, NY, and the son of longtime NBA coach Bob MacKinnon, Sr., MacKinnon played college basketball at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., before embarking on his coaching career. He earned his Master's Degree in Education from Niagara University in 1997.
MacKinnon's coaching career started at his alma mater as an assistant before moving on to assistant coaching positions at Mercyhurst College, George Washington University and Niagara. He took over as head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1997 and won a pair of Skyline Conference, posting a 38-16 record in two seasons. He was also named the 1999 Skyline Conference Coach-of-the-Year.
From there he joined up as an assistant coach with Doherty at Notre Dame for one season before moving to UNC. Their teams at Notre Dame and UNC posted wins over programs such as Ohio State, Connecticut, Kansas, Duke, and Maryland. In their first season at UNC, the Tar Heels had an 18-game winning streak and were ranked number one in the country. He also helped to recruit UNC's recruiting class that was ranked in the top five in the nation in 2002. His efforts in recruiting those classes lead to the Tar Heels winning the 2005 NCAA National Championship.
His responsibilites at Marshall will include recruiting, scouting, player development, and player academics.