- Director of College and Pro Scouting/Assistant General Manager, Sioux Falls Skyforce
Keith Askins begins his 27th year as a member of the HEAT organization and his first as Director of College and Pro Scouting/Assistant General Manager, Sioux Falls Skyforce. The past three seasons as the HEAT’s Director of College and Pro Scouting he worked closely with Vice President, Player Personnel Chet Kammerer and Assistant General Manager/General Manager Sioux Falls Skyforce Adam Simon overseeing all aspects of the HEAT’s scouting department. Beginning with the 2016-17 season, he will be taking on additional responsibilities assisting Simon with the operations of the Skyforce.
After a productive nine-year playing career, one spent entirely with Miami, Askins joined the HEAT coaching staff under Pat Riley as a volunteer assistant halfway through the 1999-00 season. The following season he was promoted to full-time status and served as an Assistant Coach/Advance Scout for the HEAT for two seasons (2000-02) before moving to the bench full-time beginning with the 2002-03 season. During his 14 years on the HEAT coaching staff, Askins worked extensively with the HEAT’s forwards and his primary duties included the development of Miami’s players both during the season and in the off-season.
Askins still ranks among Miami’s all-time leaders in games played (5th), three-point field goals made (11th) and attempted (11th), offensive rebounds (12th), total rebounds (14th), steals (15th), blocked shots (16th), minutes played (17th) and defensive rebounds (18th). Known for his aggressive play and long range shooting, Askins served as a captain for the HEAT for four consecutive seasons from 1995-99 and captured the team’s Leadership Award in both the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.
Askins is also a former participant in the HEAT’s TeamUp program, which prompted kids to become involved in community service, and was one of the team’s most active community spokespersons during his career. In his free time, he enjoys golf, cigars, dominoes, backcountry fishing and growing orchids.
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Askins and his wife, Paulina, have twin boys, Franco and Vicente, and reside in Davie.