According to sources, NC State will hire UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts as head men's basketball coach. ESPN's Jeff Goodman first reported the news.
We've heard there will be a team meeting tonight to announce the Keatts hiring to the team.
Keatts started out as a head coach at Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy, where he led the Tigers to national prep championships in 2004 and 2008, and national runner-up finishes in 2005, 2006 and 2009. He finished his career at the school with an astounding record of 263-17.... winning nearly 94% of his games.
In 2011, Keatts accepted an assistant coaching position at Louisville where he worked under legendary head coach Rick Pitino as the team's top recruiter. He played a role in the Cardinals landing all-league players Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier, and Luke Hancock, among others, and was on the staff when Louisville won the national title in 2013.
He accepted his first college head coaching job in 2014 when UNC Wilmington lured him away from Louisville to rebuild their program. In the eight years before Keatts took over, the Seahawks had six seasons with 20 losses or more and seven seasons with sub-.500 records. The previous year UNC Wilmington won just nine total games.
Right away, Keatts started doing what he does. Win.
The Seahawks won 12 league games and finished tied for first in the league his very first year. He's spent three years at UNC Wilmington, and he's won three regular season titles and two tournament titles. He's amassed a 72-28 overall record and has won 76% of his league games.
Pack Pride will have more on Kevin Keatts in the near future so stay tuned!