The coaching tree of University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino now has another branch on it.
One day before taking on Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, the Cardinals boss had another assistant coach land a head coaching position at the Division I level.
U of L associate head coach Kevin Keatts was named the head coach at UNC-Wilmington and will assume the duties as the Seahawks head coach after this season.
Keatts, the former longtime head coach at Hargrave Military Academy, has been at U of L for three seasons. He's helped the Cardinals to the 2012 Final Four and the 2013 national title.
U of L has a 31-5 record this season.
The 41-year-old Keatts is the fourth assistant coach in four years to leave Pitino's staff for a head coaching position. Steve Masiello (Manhattan), Richard Pitino (FIU and then Minnesota) and Kareem Richardson (UMKC) were the other assistants who left.
Keatts has been a major recruiter for Pitino, bringing in players like Montrezl Harrell, Luke Hancock, Anton Gill, Chris Jones and others. He also helped keep Terry Rozier, who was committed before he arrived at U of L, and was instrumental in the Cardinals landing Quentin Snider, the Kentucky Mr. Basketball who will be a freshman in the fall at U of L.
Keatts had also been rumored as a candidate at Marshall and recently Pitino said he was "ready" to take the next step and get a head coaching position at the Division I level.