Jerry Hobbie completed his third season as an assistant coach at Houston in 2009-10. In that role, he worked closely with the offense and each player's shooting technique from the field and free throw line.
The team's shooting touch under his tutelage during each of the year two years has been remarkable. The Cougars' numbers from the field during each of his first two years were the program's highest since 2001-02.
However, Hobbie's biggest influence has come at the free throw line where the Cougars have ranked among Conference USA's top-two team leaders during his tenure. In 2009-10, Houston ranked second in the league at 71.0 percent. In 2008-09, the Cougars led the league during the regular season and fell only .001 percentage points shy in the final Conference USA statistical rankings.
In 2007-08, the Cougars shot 77 percent from the charity stripe to lead Conference USA and rank sixth nationally.
In 2009-10, the Cougars enjoyed one of the most memorable campaigns in school history. Despite up-and-down struggles throughout the season, Hobbie helped lead the Cougars to four wins in four days at the GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship, including an 81-73 win against No. 25/21 UTEP in the title game.
With that, the Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades. There, Houston dropped an 89-77 decision to No. 20/20 Maryland in the Midwest Region First Round in Spokane, Wash.
In 2008-09, Hobbie was part of a coaching staff that helped lead the Cougars - picked seventh in the Conference USA Preseason Poll - to a fourth-place standing and the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament.
The Cougars also finished second nationally in fewest turnovers per game, averaging 9.8 per contest. It was the second straight season that UH finished among the nation's top-10 team leaders.
In addition, the Cougars averaged more than 75.0 points per game to lead Conference USA, snapping perennial power Memphis' three-year streak in that category.
During his first season with the UH program in 2007-08, Hobbie helped lead the Cougars to a 24-10 record, the team's highest single-season win total in nearly two decades.
The Cougars also advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational after enjoying wins at Nevada and against Valparaiso.
He arrived at Houston after serving as an assistant coach for Wilmington of the American Basketball League in 2006-07. That season, he helped lead the Sea Dawgs to a 22-9 record and the Central Division championship of the Blue Conference. The Sea Dawgs advanced to the semifinals of the ABA Championship before falling at Vermont, the eventual champion.
Prior to Wilmington, Hobbie served eight seasons on the basketball staff at Fairfield University. He served three seasons as an associate head coach and was an assistant coach for five seasons before his promotion in 2003-04.
The Stags posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1978 and went 78-66 in the MAAC after the school had gone 88-152 in league play in the previous 17 years. Fairfield's best season during his tenure came in 2002-03, when Fairfield finished with a 19-12 record and earned a NIT berth. The Stags featured four MAAC Defensive Players of the Year, while Darren Phillip was the national rebounding leader in 2000 and Deng Gai led the nation in blocked shots in 2005 before he played with the Philadelphia 76ers.
After his collegiate and professional playing days, Hobbie, began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Fordham in 1986-87.
From there, he headed to Wall Street, working as a U.S. government securities bond broker for 10 years in New York City.
During his last four seasons in private business, he also served as an assistant coach at St. Patrick's High in Elizabeth, N.J. In 1998, Hobbie helped the team to a top-five national ranking by USA Today and the New Jersey state championship.
While there, he worked with current NBA players Al Harrington and Samuel Dalembert.
Hobbie played professionally with the USBL's West Chester Golden Apples in 1985 and spent two seasons in Europe with Nottingham of the English Basketball Association in 1985 and 1986. He was a member of Nottingham's 1986 EBL Division II Championship team.
Although this is his first stint at Houston, Hobbie is no stranger to head coach Tom Penders. Hobbie played for Penders at Fordham in the mid-1980s, where he set school records for single-season free throw percentage, single-game assists and single-game and single-season steals.
Hobbie continues to hold Ram records for single-season free throw percentage (87.7, 64-73 in 1981-82), single-game assists (15 against LaSalle on Dec. 28, 1984) and career steals (261), while his 180 career assists and 75 steals in 1984-85 season rank second among the school's all-time leaders.
During his collegiate career the Rams won the MAAC championship in 1983 and earned four NIT berths from 1982-85.
For his and his teams' impressive achievements on the court, Hobbie was inducted into Fordham's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005-06.
Hobbie received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Fordham in 1985.
His father Ernie Hobbie is a renowned shooting coach and the original "Shot Doctor", consulting many NBA and collegiate players for more than five decades.
A native of Elizabeth, N.J., he and his wife, Paula, have two daughters, Joanna and Lea.