ONLINE UPDATE: Kevin Keatts announced as UNCW's new head coach

by Miriah Hamrick
Thursday, March 27, 2014

University of Louisville Associate Head Coach Kevin Keatts will be the new men’s basketball coach at UNCW.

Keatts and his family will come to Wilmington after his third season with the Cardinals wraps up. The Cardinals are currently playing in the NCAA Tournament. Their next game is against University of Kentucky on March 28 in Indianapolis.

UNCW looked for a candidate who could recruit and develop players as well as work with the community to boost morale and strengthen support.

“He’s good at all of those things… He was very much a part of game preparation and development last year when [the University of Louisville] won the national championship. He has been hailed as a terrific communicator with student athletes,” UNCW Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass said.

Keatts said accepting the job at UNCW was a no-brainer during a March 27 press conference. Growing up in Lynchburg, Va. Keatts was a fan of UNCW during the program’s glory days.

“I know this is one of places that has had past success, and I know we can get back to that level,” Keatts said.

Keatts plans to bring the up-tempo style basketball fans expect from the Cardinals to UNCW’s program. But his top priority for the first year is improvement.

“With the record this year and with some tough situations, I thought they lost a lot of close games. My biggest thing is to just show improvement, to get more overall wins and the ability to win more games in the conference,” Keatts said.

“We’re looking forward to him getting here and hitting the ground running,” Bass said.

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