Kevin Keatts

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Kevin Keatts
Kevin Keatts at the White House in 2013.jpg
Keatts at the White House in 2013
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNC State
Biographical details
Born (1972-07-28) July 28, 1972 (age 46)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1997Southwestern Michigan (assistant)
1997–1999Hargrave Military Academy (assistant)
1999–2001Hargrave Military Academy
2001–2003Marshall (assistant)
2003–2011Hargrave Military Academy
2011–2014Louisville (assistant)
2014–2017UNC Wilmington
2017–presentNC State
Head coaching record
Overall101–41 (college)
Tournaments0–3 (NCAA Division I)
0–1 (CIT)
Accomplishments and honors
3 CAA regular season (2015–2017)
2 CAA Tournament (2016, 2017)
2 National Prep (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 North Carolina State University.

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.[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 which was later vacated by the NCAA because of recruiting violations that occurred from December 2010 until June 2014.[3] Citing Keatts' coaching and recruiting prowess, Pitino promoted Keatts to the position of associate head coach in January 2014.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] After being projected to finish 12th in the ACC[7], 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[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)
NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2017–present)
2017–18 NC State 21–12 11–7 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2018–19 NC State 8–1 0–0
NC State: 29–13 (.683) 11–7 (.611)
Total: 101–41 (.709)

      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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Louisville basketball assistant Kevin Keatts promoted to associate head coach". The Courier-Journal. Jan 15, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Gary Parrish (2017-03-17). "NC State hires UNC-Wilmington's Kevin Keatts to be next Wolfpack coach". Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  6. ^ McLamb, Rob. "NOTABLE NUMBERS: The UNC Win". Inside Pack Sports. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Duke Voted ACC Basketball Preseason Favorite". Atlantic Coast Conference. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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