Ronnie Stubbs was born in Canon, Mississippi. He contracted polio at the age of three year old; he has able to overcome the disease with a lengthy hospital stay and the support of his mother. His mother moved to New York City for work and left him under the care of his loving grandmother, Daisy, and grandfather, Otis Lee. At the age of eight, Ronnie moved to NYC to live with his mother.
While in NYC Ronnie fell in love with basketball and nothing could distract him from the game. After his 9th grade year, Ronnie moved to Los Angeles, California where he played basketball for Washington High School. After one year at Washington High, he moved to Inglewood where he finished his high-school career.
Upon high school graduation, Ronnie was recruited by Coach Curt Jenson at the College of Eastern Utah. He played two years under Coach Jenson and then went on to play at Southern Utah University, where he earned in Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology.
After college, Ronnie returned to Price, Utah where he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Notre Dame Jr. High. While at Notre Dame, he coached basketball, football, and track. Later, Ronnie was recruited to be Coach Jenson’s assistant at CEU. As he was mentored by Coach Jenson, he gained skills that would turn out to be valuable assets and continued to use in his coaching career. When Coach Jenson retired, Ronnie stepped in and took the team to another level. Coach Stubbs and his team won 12 out of their last 18 games that year!
Ronnie Stubbs was the Head Coach at CEU from 1985 to 1995, where he won over 200 games. That winning total gave him the highest percentage of wins in CEU basketball history. After coaching in California and Ecuador, Ronnie was hired to teach Physical Education at West High School in the Salt Lake City School District where he became the girl’s basketball coach and athletic director until Spring of 2019. Ronnie continues to teach physical education to the 2,700 students of West High.
He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Jennifer, and three children: Brittany, Nicholas, and Kaetlyn and two grandchildren. Ronnie’s words to live by are: “Where you come from is not nearly as important as where you are going”.