Kevin Keatts

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Kevin Keatts
Kevin Keatts at the White House in 2013.jpg
Keatts at the White House in 2013.
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team NC State
Conference ACC
Record 0-0
Biographical details
Born (1972-07-28) July 28, 1972 (age 45)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Playing career
1991–1995 Ferrum
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1997 Southwestern Michigan (asst.)
1997–1999 Hargrave Military Academy (asst.)
1999–2001 Hargrave Military Academy
2001–2003 Marshall (asst.)
2003–2011 Hargrave Military Academy
2011–2014 Louisville (asst.)
2014–2017 UNC Wilmington
2017–present NC State
Head coaching record
Overall 72–28 (.720)
Accomplishments and honors
CAA regular season championship (2015–2017)
CAA Tournament championship (2016, 2017)
2× National Prep championship (2004, 2008)
CAA Coach of the Year (2015, 2016)

Kevin Andre Keatts (born July 28, 1972) is an American college basketball coach and the current men's head coach at NC State.

Coaching career[edit]

Keatts began his coaching career as an assistant at Southwestern Michigan College for the 1996-97 season.[1] He then went to Hargrave Military Academy as an assistant coach for two seasons before being promoted to head coach in 1999. In 2001, Keatts moved to Marshall as an assistant coach to Greg White. He returned to Hargrave in 2003 and served as the head coach until 2011. During his ten years (over two stints) as the head coach at Hargrave, Keatts had a record of 262–17, and won two national championships.[2]

In 2011, he earned a degree from Marshall.[1] Keatts then joined the staff of Rick Pitino at Louisville and was a part of the Cardinals' 2013 NCAA Division I national championship team.

On March 27, 2014, he was named the head coach of UNC Wilmington (UNCW), succeeding Buzz Peterson. In Keatts' first season at UNCW he was named CAA Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Seahawks to their first conference championship in nine years, and first winning season in seven (7) years.

In his second year, Keatts repeated his rookie-year double, once again winning the CAA regular-season championship and Conference Coach of the Year. In winning the 2016 conference coach of the year, he became the first coach in CAA history to ever win the award in consecutive years.

On March 17, 2017, Keatts became the head coach at North Carolina State University, succeeding Mark Gottfried.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (Colonial Athletic Association) (2014–2017)
2014–15 UNC Wilmington 18–14 12–6 T–1st CIT First Round
2015–16 UNC Wilmington 25–8 14–4 T–1st NCAA First Round
2016–17 UNC Wilmington 29–6 15–3 1st NCAA First Round
UNC Wilmington: 72–28 (.720) 41–13 (.759)
North Carolina State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2017–present)
2017–18 NC State 3–0 0–0
NC State: 3–0 (1.000) – (–)
Total: 75–28 (.728)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b Louisville Athletic Department (2013). "Kevin Keatts Bio". Louisville Cardinals. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Jeff Goodman (March 27, 2014). "Kevin Keatts accepts job with UNC-Wilmington Seahawks". ESPN. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Gary Parrish (2017-03-17). "NC State hires UNC-Wilmington's Kevin Keatts to be next Wolfpack coach". Retrieved 2017-03-17.