Courtesy: Joe Browning Kevin Easley joins his former boss, Eddie Biedenbach, on the UNCW staff
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson has completed his staff for the 2013-14 season with the appointment of Kevin Easley as the team’s new Director of Men’s Basketball Operations.
Easley, 34, served as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville last season before accepting the post at UNCW, where former UNCA skipper Eddie Biedenbach became an assistant coach earlier this summer.
Easley is the seventh individual in the program’s history to hold the position, following Mike Capaccio, Jimmy Garrity, Adam Collins, David Jandrew, Brooks Lee and Dante Calabria.
“We’re extremely excited to have Kevin and his family become a part of our Seahawk family,” said Peterson, who filled the position after it was vacant one year ago. “He’s a tireless worker and very organized. We’re looking forward to having him on board.”
Easley’s hiring injects three new faces into the program with the hiring of Biedenbach and Houston Fancher as assistant coaches. Andre Gray begins his third year on the staff.
“First and foremost, it’s an honor to work with someone I considered a childhood idol,” said Easley. “Since I’m from Tennessee, I grew up watching Coach Peterson’s teams at Tennessee. It’s definitely a pleasure to reconnect with Coach Biedenbach and I know Coach Fancher after coaching against him. Also, Coach Gray is a close friend, so it should be an easy transition.”
Before moving to Asheville last year, Easley worked with Team Loaded, an AAU program, in 2011-12 and helped coach the 16-under team compile a 40-7 record and a No. 10 ranking in Five-Star Basketball’s final AAU poll.
The Trenton, Tenn., native spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as an assistant coach at High Point for Coach Scott Cherry. He helped recruit the top class in the Big South Conference in 2010-11 and helped the Panthers advance to the semifinals of the BSC tourney.
He also worked three years as an aide for former coach Mike Dement at UNCG from 2006-09. He played a key role in the development of four-time First-Team All-Southern Conference performer Kyle Hines.
Easley was a four-year standout at Austin Peay from 1997-2001. In 1998-99, he was voted the team’s Most Improved Player and he appeared in 21 games in 2000-01 when APSU went 22-10.
When APSU assistant Bret Campbell became the head coach at Tennessee-Martin, Easley signed on as an assistant coach in 2004-05. The Skyhawks made a seven-win improvement in Easley’s first season at UTM and he helped recruit 2007-08 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Marquis Weddle.
A high school star at Peabody High School in Trenton, Easley was a finalist for Tennessee's Class A “Mr. Basketball” in 1996-97 after sparking his team to a 26-1 record in his senior season.
Easley earned his B.S. Degree in Mass Communications from Austin Peay in 2002 and completed his M.S. in Education from UT-Martin in 2006.
He is married to the former Erin Wren and the couple has two children, Sebastian, 6, and Peyton, 3. Easley is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.