Robert Ehsan begins his first season as head coach of the UAB men’s basketball program and his fifth season on the staff after serving as associate head coach under former Blazer head coach Jerod Haase.
Ehsan played a key role in the resurgence of UAB basketball, as he helped the Blazers capture the 2015 Conference USA Tournament championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. UAB would go on to make shockwaves in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, as the 14th-seeded Blazers knocked off No. 3 seed Iowa State, 60-59, to advance to the NCAA Round of 32.
Ehsan and UAB enjoyed more success the following season when the Blazers won the 2016 Conference USA Championship with a 16-2 record inside the league. Additionally, UAB set school records for overall wins (26), Conference USA wins, road wins (10) and consecutive wins (14).
Individually, Robert Brown, Chris Cokley, William Lee and Nick Norton were named all-conference, while Lee was tabbed the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and Dirk Williams the Sixth Man of the Year.
A second consecutive trip to the postseason capped the year when the Blazers earned a berth in the NIT for the 12th time in school history.
Prior to his time at UAB, Ehsan spent a season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech University under Seth Greenberg and six seasons under Gary Williams at the University of Maryland, where he was heavily involved with many aspects of the program, including coaching, player development, recruiting, academics, scouting, scheduling and fundraising.
At Maryland, Ehsan was instrumental in securing two Top 25 recruiting classes, and developed players like Jordan Williams, All-ACC, and ACC Player of the Year Greivis Vasquez. He was also involved in the recruitment of Brown, who was originally recruited by Ehsan at Virginia Tech before transferring to rejoin him at UAB, as well as UAB standout Lee and others.
Ehsan played four seasons at the University of California, Davis. He started his last two seasons for the Aggies and was the team captain in his senior year. Ehsan finished 23rd in the nation in free-throw percentage as a junior for UC Davis, which was in a transition period while moving from NCAA Division II to Division I. At UC Davis, Ehsan received the Gordon S. Baranco Award, symbolizing exceptional leadership, unselfishness, work ethic and commitment to the team.
Ehsan earned a bachelor's degree in economics at UC Davis and completed a Master of Business Administration degree at Maryland. Ehsan is a native of Sacramento, Calif., and is married to the former Lindsey Rattray. They have one daughter, Katelyn, and a son due in early April.
Robert Ehsan File
Born: May 3, 1982
Wife: Lindsey, daughter Katelyn (1)
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Education:
UC Davis (B.A., Economics, 2005)
Maryland (M.A., Business Administration, 2008)
Collegiate Coaching Experience:
Maryland (Graduate Assistant Coach, 2005-07)
Maryland (Assistant Recruiting Directory, 2007-08)
Maryland (Assistant Coach, 2008-11)
Virginia Tech (Assistant Coach, 2011-12)
UAB (Assistant Coach, 2012-14)
UAB (Associate Head Coach, 2014-16)
UAB (Head Coach, 2016-present)