Kouba enters his 18th season as an Administrative Assistant with the UC Davis men's basketball program, where he assists with game and practice statistics, student-athlete academic progress, and public relations. He has served under Head Coaches Bob Williams, Brian Fogel, Gary Stewart, and Jim Les.
A 1974 graduate of Northern Iowa, Kouba received his Ph.D in mathematics from Colorado State in 1982. He is currently a
lecturer in the UC Davis Department of Mathematics, for which he was named Lecturer of the Year in 1992, 1998, and 2006.
For 15 years, Kouba served as director for his department's successful Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), an honors,
cooperative-learning calculus laboratory. In May 2006, Kouba was one of three professors in the College of Letters and Science
selected for an ASUCD Excellence in Education Award. In May 2007 he was chosen by ASUCD as its top professor in the College of
Letters and Science.
After a suggestion by Justis Durkee, one of UC Davis' finest and most unheralded players, Kouba began during the 1996-1997 season and maintained thereafter the first website for UC Davis men's basketball. Remnants of that original and now inactive website can be found at : http://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~kouba/UCDMensBball.html.
Along with assistant coach Kevin Nosek, Kouba has the distinction of being one of two Aggie basketball staff members with an NCAA championship ring, He served as a volunteer assistant coach for the 1997-1998 UC Davis team which
won the NCAA Div. II championship with an unlikley 83-77 win over powerhouse Kentucky Wesleyan in Louisville, Kentucky.
In March of 2006, Kouba was one of 12 players selected to the Chico Force, a semi-pro team in the International Basketball
League. Kouba also remains active in California Masters and World Masters basketball competitions.
During the summer of 2009 Kouba traveled to the Caribbean island nation of Antigua-Barbuda, where he spent one month with Coach
Ron DuBois (former Aggie assistant coach under Coach Gary Stewart and current head coach at UC Santa Cruz), who had been recently
named the head coach for the men's senior national basketball team there . Kouba worked with Coach DuBois, his team, and local
youth and traveled with the team to the British Virgin Islands for a week-long, eight-team Caribbean basketball tournament,
which was won by Team Jamaica.
For the past two summers Kouba has spent extended time in various cities (Manila, Davao City, Cebu City, Consolacion) in the Philippines as an unofficial international ambassador for UC Davis men's basketball. When not swimming, biking, eating street food, or enjoying the hot humid Philippines weather, he can be found socializing, coaching, handing out new basketballs and UCD t-shirts, and playing street basketball with impoverished but highly enthusiastic Filipino youth.