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Head Coach Kevin Keatts
Kevin Keatts
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: (910) 962-3045

University of Louisville Associate Head Coach Kevin Keatts was named the 10th men’s basketball coach in UNCW history on March 27, 2014.

Keatts, who is completing his third season with Coach Rick Pitino and the Cardinals, is an ideal fit for the Seahawks, according to UNCW Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass.

“Kevin Keatts is one of the top young basketball coaches in the country and we welcome him to the Seahawk family,” said Bass. “We’re very excited about what lies ahead for our program. Kevin is a bright star in the profession and he’s had the opportunity to work with one of the most successful coaches ever in Rick Pitino. We’re looking forward to having him on campus and working hard to bring our program back to the forefront of college basketball.”

Keatts, 41, joined the Cardinals after heading up the program at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. He led Hargrave to a pair of national prep championships and three runner-up finishes during his time at the prep school.

"Coach Keatts will be a dynamic addition to the Seahawk family," said UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller. "It's an honor to bring Coach Keatts aboard given his experience, reputation and approach. We are eager to introduce him to the Wilmington community and I'm confident that he will receive a warm welcome from fans and supporters of our program.”

Keatts came to Louisville as an assistant coach in April of 2011 and was elevated to associate head coach this past January.

“My family and I are extremely excited and feel blessed to have the opportunity to join the Seahawk family,” said Keatts. “I am looking forward to helping restore the men’s basketball program and get it back where it needs to be in order to be successful. I can’t wait to get on campus to begin working with the current players and help them reach their potential. I will bring an up-tempo style of play to UNCW that players will want to play in, fans will want to watch, and media will want to cover.”

The engaging Keatts is known for his recruiting expertise. He helped the Cardinals compile two straight top-10 recruiting classes en route to a pair of Big East Conference championships and NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013. Last season, the Cardinals won a school-record 35 games and captured the NCAA title.

This season, the Cardinals, the 2013 national champions, have picked up where they left off, streaking to seven straight wins en route to a third consecutive appearance in the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen. UofL meets No. 8-seeded Kentucky on Friday, March 28, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Keatts is no secret to those in the basketball world. After surveying more than 200 collegiate coaches, He was named the third most respected/feared assistant coach in July of 2013 by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.

“Kevin has been one of the best assistant coaches with which I have had the good fortune to work, and I’ve had a lot of them,” said Pitino, who has 12 of his former assistant coaches as current collegiate head coaches, including five who had their teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. “He is a terrific person, coach, scout, family man and recruiter. He possesses all of the variables to build a successful program. We are really going to miss his upbeat personality that provided sunshine to each of us daily. We will thoroughly miss him in our program and thank him for his efforts in helping us reach two Final Fours, win three straight conference championships and a national title.”

Prior to arriving at Louisville, Keatts served as the head coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. In 10 seasons with two separate stints at Hargrave (1999-2001, 2003-2011), he compiled an impressive 263-17 record with two national prep championships (2004, 2008), three runner-up finishes (2005, 2006, 2009) and two other appearances among the final four prep teams (2007, 2010).

Keatts, who was inducted into Hargrave’s Hall of Fame in 2011, won his second national prep title in 2008 with an unblemished 29-0 record – the school’s first undefeated season. His teams lost one or fewer games six times.

Hargrave produced 103 players who signed NCAA Division I men’s basketball scholarships during Keatts’ 10 seasons and 18 others played on the NCAA Division II level. Current UofL senior Luke Hancock – the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 NCAA Final Four – played at Hargrave under Keatts.

Keatts has coached nine players at the prep level who have reached the NBA, including Joe Alexander, Jordan Crawford, Josh Howard, Vernon Macklin, Mike Scott, Marreese Speights, Sam Young, David West and Korleone Young.

Keatts has also had stops as an assistant coach at Marshall and Southwestern Michigan College. He worked for two seasons at Marshall from 2001-03 under former head coach Greg White and assisted with the program at Southwestern Michigan in Dowagiac, Mich., during the 1996-97 campaign.

Keatts was a two-sport standout in football and basketball at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va., and went on to play four seasons of basketball at Ferrum (Va.) College.

Keatts is one of 11 former Pitino aides now working as active NCAA Division I head coaches. The others include Mike Cronin (Cincinnati), Billy Donovan (Florida), Steve Masiello (Manhattan), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), Richard Pitino (Minnesota), Kareem Richardson (Missouri-Kansas City), Herb Sendek (Arizona State), Reggie Theus (Cal State Northridge), Kevin Willard (Seton Hall) and Tubby Smith (Texas Tech).  Overall, Pitino has had 27 former assistants become head coaches through the years.

Keatts takes over after the termination of Buzz Peterson on March 11 and follows in the footsteps of Bill Brooks (1952-72), Mel Gibson (1973-86), Robert McPherson (1987-90), Kevin Eastman (1991-94), Jerry Wainwright (1995-2002), Brad Brownell (2003-06), Benny Moss (2007-10), Brooks Lee (2010-interim) and Peterson (2011-14).

Keatts and his wife, Georgette, have two sons, Kevin and Kaden.

THE KEATTS PROFILE

Born July 28, 1972, in Lynchburg, Va.

1991 graduate of Heritage High School, Lynchburg, Va.

B.A. Marshall University, 2011

Wife, Georgette; Sons, Kevin, Kaden

THE KEATTS TIMELINE

Years

Season

School

Record

Highlights

1

1996-97

Southwestern Michigan

 

Assistant Coach

2

1997-98

Hargrave Military Academy

 

Assistant Coach

 

1998-99

Hargrave Military Academy

 

Assistant Coach

2

1999-00

Hargrave Military Academy

23-3

Head Coach

 

2000-01

Hargrave Military Academy

27-2

Head Coach

2

2001-02

Marshall University

 

Assistant Coach

 

2002-03

Marshall University

 

Assistant Coach

8

2003-04

Hargrave Military Academy

28-1

Head Coach/National prep school champions

 

2004-05

Hargrave Military Academy

26-1

Head Coach/National prep school runner-up

 

2005-06

Hargrave Military Academy

27-1

Head Coach/National prep school runner-up

 

2006-07

Hargrave Military Academy

25-5

Head Coach/National prep school Final Four

 

2007-08

Hargrave Military Academy

29-0

Head Coach/National prep school champions

 

2008-09

Hargrave Military Academy

27-2

Head Coach/National prep school runner-up

 

2009-10

Hargrave Military Academy

25-1

Head Coach/National prep school Final Four

 

2010-11

Hargrave Military Academy

26-1

Head Coach/Inducted into HMA Hall of Fame

3

2011-12

University of Louisville

 

Assistant Coach/NCAA Final Four (30-10)

 

2012-13

University of Louisville

 

Assistant Coach/NCAA National Champions (35-3)

 

2013-14

University of Louisville

 

Associate Head Coach/NCAA Sweet Sixteen  (31-5)

 KEATTS KERNELS

-Played point guard/shooting guard four seasons at Ferrum (Va.) College from 1991-95

-Served as assistant coach for two seasons at Marshall and one year as assistant coach at Southwestern Michigan College

-Embarking on first NCAA Division I head coaching job

-Coached Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., to 263-17 record in 10 seasons as a head coach

-Won two national prep school championships at Hargrave Military Academy

-Coached nine players at the prep level who have reached the NBA, including Joe Alexander, Jordan Crawford, Josh Howard, Vernon Macklin, Mike Scott, Marreese Speights, Sam Young, David West and Korleone Young

-Coached 103 players who signed NCAA Division I men’s basketball scholarships at Hargrave Military Academy

-Has helped Louisville compiled a 96-20 record in three seasons heading into 2014 NCAA Sweet Sixteen

-Coached current Seahawk Craig Ponder at Hargrave Military Academy during 2010-11 season

-Has faced four common opponents with UNCW during 2013-14 season: Hofstra (W 97-69), North Carolina (L 93-84), Western Kentucky (W 79-63), Manhattan (W 71-64)

-Named the third most respected/feared assistant coach by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman in July of 2013

-Helped Louisville compile two straight top-10 recruiting classes en route to a pair of Big East Conference championships and NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013

-Helped Cardinals win school-record 35 games and capture the NCAA title in 2013

-Elevated to associate head coach at Louisville this past January after joining the Cardinals as assistant coach in April of 2011

-Comes to UNCW from the Louisville Cardinals. The cardinal was actually designated the state bird of North Carolina in 1943

-One of 11 former Pitino aides now working as active NCAA Division I head coaches. Overall, Pitino has had 27 former assistants become head coaches through the years

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT KEVIN KEATTS

“Kevin has been one of the best assistant coaches with which I have had the good fortune to work, and I’ve had a lot of them,” said University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, who has 12 of his former assistant coaches as current collegiate head coaches, including five who had their teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He is a terrific person, coach, scout, family man and recruiter.  He possesses all of the variables to build a successful program. We are really going to miss his upbeat personality that provided sunshine to each of us daily. We will thoroughly miss him in our program and thank him for his efforts in helping us reach two Final Fours, win three straight conference championships and a national title.”

 -Rick Pitino
  Head Coach, University of Louisville

“Kevin Keatts is an outstanding young basketball coach. He’s a proven recruiter and winner, and he does a terrific job teaching, on the floor and off. Kevin doesn’t just teach the game, he teaches the players.”

-Jay Bilas
  ESPN

“In my 30 years of coaching basketball at Oak Hill Academy, I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of college coaches. In my opinion, none stands out like Kevin Keatts. His knowledge of the game, his professionalism, and his ability to recruit, puts him at the very top of the list of all those who have visited my campus and recruited my players.”

-Steve Smith
 Head Coach, Oak Hill Academy

“Kevin’s experience on all levels, his character and ability to connect with people has served him well. He’s learned the game through the eyes of an assistant and head coach and succeeded at every level. The next step in his career progression is collegiate head coach and he’s ready to lead. I can’t think of a better person to mentor players and cultivate a team than Kevin.”

-Dave Telep
 Scouting Coordinator/San Antonio Spurs

“Kevin not only knows players and where they are, but once he has them in his program, he has the unique ability to pull the most out of them while maintaining a special relationship with them at the same time.”

-Greg Marshall
 
Head Coach, Wichita State University

“Kevin Keatts is one of the top young basketball coaches in the country and we welcome him to the Seahawk family. We’re very excited about what lies ahead for our program. Kevin is a bright star in the profession and he’s had the opportunity to work with one of the most successful coaches ever in Rick Pitino. We’re looking forward to having him on campus and working hard to bring our program back to the forefront of college basketball.”

-Jimmy Bass
 
Director of Athletics, UNCW

"Coach Keatts will be a dynamic addition to the Seahawk family. It's an honor to bring Coach Keatts aboard given his experience, reputation and approach. We are eager to introduce him to the Wilmington community and I'm confident that he will receive a warm welcome from fans and supporters of our program.”

-Gary L. Miller
 
Chancellor, UNCW

 

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