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.
forward to him getting here and hitting the ground running,” Bass said.