Rudy Kirbus joined the Case Western Reserve University coaching staff as the team’s top assistant prior to the start of the 2014-15 campaign. He plays an integral in the Spartans' recruiting efforts and assists in all daily operations of the entire men’s basketball program.
In his four-season tenure with the team, the Spartans have tied the school record for conference wins and set program records for team scoring and 3-point shooting, with the 2014-15 squad achieving the program's first ever national top-25 ranking. Kirbus’ mentorship has helped CWRU players earn an all-America honor, two all-region awards, and three all-UAA first team honors during his time on the bench.
Prior to arriving at CWRU, Kirbus spent two seasons on the coaching staff at his alma mater, John Carroll University, while also serving in the school’s athletic department as a graduate assistant. He was the Blue Streaks’ recruiting coordinator, and was part of a two-year stretch that saw the team win 30 games and advance to 2014 OAC Championship Game.
Kirbus began his coaching career at Beachwood High in 2011-12, where he was the Head Freshman Coach and a varsity assistant coach. Kirbus also worked at the Mid-American Conference during the 2011-12 school year as part of the league’s professional internship program.
A student-athlete at John Carroll University from 2006-10, Kirbus is considered one of the most decorated basketball players in school history, playing on three teams that won conference championships and made three trips to NCAA Division III Tournament. For his efforts, Kirbus was twice named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Great Lakes Region First Teams. He was selected to the D3hoops.com All-American First Team prior to the 2009-10 season and remains in the Top 10 on the school’s career scoring list.
A Cleveland-area native, Kirbus prepped at Saint Ignatius High School, where was a two-sport standout. On the basketball court, Kirbus was a three-time All-State selection and still ranks as the school’s all-time leading scorer to date. On the football field, Kirbus was an All-State quarterback who was recently selected by Cleveland.com as one of the school’s top-15 football players of the 21st century.
Aside from his coaching duties, Kirbus teaches in the school's Department of Physical Education. He graduated from John Carroll in 2010 with a degree in History and completed his master’s degree in Educational Psychology from John Carroll in 2014. Kirbus resides in nearby Willoughby Hills.