Robert Guster is in his ninth season as an assistant coach at UTSA, where he assists with recruiting duties, academics and scheduling in addition to on-the-floor coaching duties.
In his eight years in the Alamo City, UTSA has registered the school’s first-ever NCAA postseason victory in any sport, captured one league championship, made two conference tournament title game appearances and recorded the most successful four-year stretch (76 wins) in two decades. More than 20 school records have fallen, while nine players have earned all-conference honors and three have been tabbed league freshman of the year (Devin Gibson, 2008; Melvin Johnson III, 2010; Jeromie Hill, 2011).
The 2010-11 season arguably was the most successful in 20 years, as UTSA captured the Southland Tournament Championship for the first time since 2004 and made the program’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. There the Roadrunners registered the first NCAA postseason victory in any sport in the department’s history with a 70-61 first-round victory over Alabama State during the First Four on March 16 in Dayton, Ohio. That outcome gave UTSA its first 20-win season in 19 years and was part of the 76-win stretch from the 2008-09 through 2011-12 campaigns.
The Roadrunners also have taken care of business in the classroom. UTSA has collected eight league all-academic certificates, including Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year honorees in Gibson (2010, ’11) and Hill (2012). Kurt Attaway garnered Academic All-District accolades in 2007.Guster came to UTSA from Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where he served as an assistant coach under head coach Gary Garner. While at SEMO, he was heavily involved in the Redhawks’ recruiting efforts and also oversaw the program’s academic affairs.
Prior to his two-year stint at SEMO, Guster was an assistant coach for five seasons at Missouri State-West Plains Community College under head coach Tom Barr from 1999-2004. During his time at West Plains, the Grizzlies posted a 120-36 record. Ten of the players that he directly recruited signed to play NCAA Division I basketball.
Top players during Guster’s tenure at West Plains included NJCAA All-Americans Jason Detrick, who played in the Final Four with Oklahoma, Tevoris Thompson, who made a junior college record 29 3-pointers in a two-game span, and Terrell Everett, an All-Big 12 player at Oklahoma.
Also a standout player, Guster spent two seasons as the starting point guard at West Plains before moving on to a two-year career as the starter at Missouri-Rolla. He led Missouri-Rolla in assists both seasons and also led the MIAA Conference in assists-to-turnovers ratio. The Miners posted back-to-back winning seasons in his two years.
A native of West Monroe, La., Guster earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Missouri-Rolla in 1999. He received his master’s degree in elementary education from Missouri State in 2002.
He and his wife, Melissa, have one daughter, Alivia, and a son, Shiloh.
The Robert Guster File
· 2006-present: Assistant Coach, UTSA
· 2004-06: Assistant Coach, Southeast Missouri State
· 1999-2004: Assistant Coach, Missouri State-West Plains Community College
· 1997-99: Missouri-Rolla
· 1995-97: Misouri State-West Plains CC
· 1992-95: West Monroe (La.) High School
· Earned a master's degree in elementary education from Missouri State in 2002
· Received a bachelor’s degree in history from Missouri-Rolla in 1999
· Earned an associate’s degree in general studies from Missouri State-West Plains Community College in 1997
· Wife: Melissa
· Daughter: Alivia
· Son: Shiloh