Keatts at the White House in 2013
|Born||July 28, 1972|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1996–1997||Southwestern Michigan (assistant)|
|1997–1999||Hargrave Military Academy (assistant)|
|1999–2001||Hargrave Military Academy|
|2003–2011||Hargrave Military Academy|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||0–3 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3 CAA regular season (2015–2017)|
2 CAA Tournament (2016, 2017)
2 National Prep (2004, 2008)
|2× CAA Coach of the Year (2015, 2016)|
Keatts began his coaching career as an assistant at Southwestern Michigan College for the 1996–97 season. 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.
In 2011, he earned a degree from Marshall. Keatts then joined the staff of Rick Pitino at Louisville and was a part of the Cardinals' 2013 NCAA Division I national championship team which was later vacated by the NCAA because of recruiting violations that occurred from December 2010 until June 2014. Citing Keatts' coaching and recruiting prowess, Pitino promoted Keatts to the position of associate head coach in January 2014.
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. Keatts is the first Wolfpack head coach to defeat Duke, North Carolina, and Wake Forest in his first attempt since Tal Stafford during the 1918–19 season. After being projected to finish 12th in the ACC, Keatts led the Wolfpack to a tied for third place finish in the conference, as well as earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Head coaching record
|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)|
|NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2017–present)|
|2017–18||NC State||21–12||11–7||T–3rd||NCAA First Round|
|NC State:||29–13 (.683)||11–7 (.611)|
Postseason invitational champion
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- Jeff Goodman (March 27, 2014). "Kevin Keatts accepts job with UNC-Wilmington Seahawks". ESPN. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
- Tracy, Marc (February 5, 2016). "Louisville Men's Basketball Team Is Out of Post-Season". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 9, 2016.
- "Louisville basketball assistant Kevin Keatts promoted to associate head coach". The Courier-Journal. Jan 15, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
- Gary Parrish (2017-03-17). "NC State hires UNC-Wilmington's Kevin Keatts to be next Wolfpack coach". cbssports.com. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
- McLamb, Rob. "NOTABLE NUMBERS: The UNC Win". Inside Pack Sports. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
- "Duke Voted ACC Basketball Preseason Favorite". Atlantic Coast Conference. Retrieved 16 March 2018.