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Head Basketball Coach of the NC State Wolfpack

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 Kevin Keatts Biography

The 2019-20 season marks Kevin Keatts third year as head men’s basketball coach at NC State as he looks to continue to build a program that has won 45 games in his two years at the helm.

Keatts has an overall record of 45-24 and has guided NC State to a 20-16 ACC record in his two seasons with the Pack. His winning percentage of 56 percent in conference play is the best for an NC State coach in the first two years of his career since Press Maravich went 19-9 in ACC play from 1964-66.

Keatts' NC State teams have a 33-8 home record in his two years as head coach, including a 12-6 mark in conference play. The Pack has defeated four ranked opponents at home, including two wins over top-10 ranked teams.

The Pack’s offense has averaged over 80 points in both seasons under Keatts. Prior to Keatts taking over the program, NC State hadn’t averaged over 80 points per game since the 1995-96 season. The 2018-19 NC State team averaged 80.1 points per game and scored 2,882 points which is the most points scored by an NC State team in program history.

The 2018-19 also hit 292 three-pointers, the second-most in program history. Both of Keatts’ NC State teams have been prolific from three-point range as both rank in the top-10 for season three-point field goals made in program history.

In 2018-19, NC State won 24 games, its most wins since the 2012-13 season as the Pack advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT. The Pack defeated eventual Final Four participant Auburn in non-conference play and went 9-9 in the ACC portion of its schedule.

In the 2017-18 season, Keatts took a program that was preseason picked 12th in the ACC and led them to five wins over ranked opponents and a 11-7 record in the ACC to finish in a tie for third place. Overall, the Pack finished the season with a 21-12 record and returned to the NCAA Tournament.

Keatts’ first squad served notice of its penchant for taking down ranked foes in November when the Pack defeated second-ranked Arizona and eventual number one pick in the NBA Draft Deandre Ayton in the opening round of the Battle for Atlantis. NC State entered ACC play with a 10-3 record and faced another second-ranked foe when Duke came to PNC Arena for the Pack’s ACC opener. Like the Arizona game, the Pack took down the highly ranked Blue Devils, pulling away in the second half for a double-digit win. Five days later, the Pack added another win over a ranked opponent as the Pack held off No. 19 Clemson by one point.

At the end of January, NC State secured its third win over a top-10 opponent as the Pack went to Chapel Hill and defeated the Tar Heels in overtime. The Pack’s final win over a ranked opponent came at the end of February when NC State dispatched 25th-ranked and eventual Elite 8 team Florida State by 20 points.

Keatts finished the regular season with 21 wins, tying with legendary coach Everett Case (21-4 in 1946-47) for the most regular season wins by a first year head coach in program history. The Pack’s 11 ACC wins are the most for a first-year head coach in program history and the best ACC record for the team since the 2012-13 season.

The Pack’s tie for third place finish in the ACC is the best regular season finish for the Pack in the ACC since the 2003-04 team finished in second place.

Keatts’ first team at NC State set numerous program marks. The Pack set the program and PNC Arena for three-pointers with 19 in the win over Jacksonville in December. The Pack also set the PNC Arena record for points in a game with 116 in the win over Jacksonville. NC State set the PNC Arena record for assists in a game with 31 against South Carolina State and also twice tied the PNC Arena for fewest turnovers in a game with four against Clemson and Louisville.

Keatts came to NC State after three seasons as head coach of UNC-Wilmington. With the Seahawks, Keatts complied a record of 72-28 (.720) and a 41-13 (.759) mark in Colonial Athletic Association play.

"When we set out to hire our next men's basketball coach, we wanted to identify someone with the pedigree, vision and plan to serve as the architect of NC State basketball," said Yow. "Kevin quickly emerged as the perfect fit in each of these areas. His history of success in building programs, of competing at a championship-level in every stop of his career, his commitment to player development and priority in academics make him a tremendous hire for us. We welcome Kevin, his wife Georgette, and two sons K.J. and Kaden to the Wolfpack family."

Keatts led the Seahawks to postseason play all three years he was at UNC-Wilmington after taking over a program without a postseason berth in the previous eight seasons. The Seahawks went to the CIT in 2015 before making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017. The 2016 NCAA Tournament appearance was the school's first since the 2005-06 campaign.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., he guided the Seahawks to CAA regular season titles all three years in Wilmington and was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016. He was the first coach in conference history to earn Coach of the Year accolades in back-to-back seasons.

The 2016-17 UNC-Wilmington team won a school-record 29 games as the team led the conference and ranked 10th in the nation in scoring heading into the NCAA Tournament, averaging 85.2 points per game.

In 2015-16, the Seahawks were tabbed to finish sixth in the CAA prior to the season, but UNCW tied the then school-record with 25 wins as Keatts piloted the team to its first CAA tournament title since 2006.

Keatts took over a program that finished last in the CAA in 2013-14 and led them to a a share of the regular season title for its sixth regular season conference championship in 2014-15.

He came to UNC-Wilmington after three seasons as an assistant coach on Pitino's staff at Louisville and was elevated to associate head coach in January of 2014.

While on staff at Louisville, Keatts and the Cardinals went 96-21 (.821) and Keatts helped the Cardinals compile two straight top-10 recruiting classes en route to a pair of Big East Conference championships and NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013.

In July 2013, after surveying more than 200 collegiate coaches, ESPN.com named him the third most respected/feared assistant coach in the nation.

Prior to arriving at Louisville, Keatts served as the head coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. In 10 seasons with two separate stints at Hargrave (1999-2001, 2003-2011), he compiled a 263-17 record with two national prep championships (2004, 2008), three runner-up finishes (2005, 2006, 2009) and two other appearances among the final four prep teams (2007, 2010).

Keatts, who was inducted into Hargrave's Hall of Fame in 2011, won his second national prep title in 2008 with an unblemished 29-0 record – the school's first undefeated season. His teams lost one or fewer games six times.

Hargrave produced 103 players who signed NCAA Division I men's basketball scholarships during his 10 seasons and 18 others played on the NCAA Division II level.

He has coached nine players at the prep level who have reached the NBA, including Joe Alexander, Jordan Crawford, Josh Howard, Vernon Macklin, Mike Scott, Marreese Speights, Sam Young, David West and Korleone Young.

Keatts has also had stops as an assistant coach at Marshall and Southwestern Michigan College. He worked for two seasons at Marshall from 2001-03 and assisted with the program at Southwestern Michigan in Dowagiac, Mich., during the 1996-97 campaign.

He was a two-sport standout in football and basketball at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va., and went on to play four seasons of basketball as a point guard at Ferrum (Va.) College. He later earned his Bachelor's Degree while at Marshall.

Keatts and his wife Georgette, have two sons, K.J. and Kaden.

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The 2019-20 season marks Kevin Keatts third year as head men’s basketball coach at NC State as he looks to continue to build a program that has won 45 games in his two years at the helm.

Keatts has an overall record of 45-24 and has guided NC State to a 20-16 ACC record in his two seasons with the Pack. His winning percentage of 56 percent in conference play is the best for an NC State coach in the first two years of his career since Press Maravich went 19-9 in ACC play from 1964-66.

Keatts' NC State teams have a 33-8 home record in his two years as head coach, including a 12-6 mark in conference play. The Pack has defeated four ranked opponents at home, including two wins over top-10 ranked teams.

The Pack’s offense has averaged over 80 points in both seasons under Keatts. Prior to Keatts taking over the program, NC State hadn’t averaged over 80 points per game since the 1995-96 season. The 2018-19 NC State team averaged 80.1 points per game and scored 2,882 points which is the most points scored by an NC State team in program history.

The 2018-19 also hit 292 three-pointers, the second-most in program history. Both of Keatts’ NC State teams have been prolific from three-point range as both rank in the top-10 for season three-point field goals made in program history.

In 2018-19, NC State won 24 games, its most wins since the 2012-13 season as the Pack advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT. The Pack defeated eventual Final Four participant Auburn in non-conference play and went 9-9 in the ACC portion of its schedule.

In the 2017-18 season, Keatts took a program that was preseason picked 12th in the ACC and led them to five wins over ranked opponents and a 11-7 record in the ACC to finish in a tie for third place. Overall, the Pack finished the season with a 21-12 record and returned to the NCAA Tournament.

Keatts’ first squad served notice of its penchant for taking down ranked foes in November when the Pack defeated second-ranked Arizona and eventual number one pick in the NBA Draft Deandre Ayton in the opening round of the Battle for Atlantis. NC State entered ACC play with a 10-3 record and faced another second-ranked foe when Duke came to PNC Arena for the Pack’s ACC opener. Like the Arizona game, the Pack took down the highly ranked Blue Devils, pulling away in the second half for a double-digit win. Five days later, the Pack added another win over a ranked opponent as the Pack held off No. 19 Clemson by one point.

At the end of January, NC State secured its third win over a top-10 opponent as the Pack went to Chapel Hill and defeated the Tar Heels in overtime. The Pack’s final win over a ranked opponent came at the end of February when NC State dispatched 25th-ranked and eventual Elite 8 team Florida State by 20 points.

Keatts finished the regular season with 21 wins, tying with legendary coach Everett Case (21-4 in 1946-47) for the most regular season wins by a first year head coach in program history. The Pack’s 11 ACC wins are the most for a first-year head coach in program history and the best ACC record for the team since the 2012-13 season.

The Pack’s tie for third place finish in the ACC is the best regular season finish for the Pack in the ACC since the 2003-04 team finished in second place.

Keatts’ first team at NC State set numerous program marks. The Pack set the program and PNC Arena for three-pointers with 19 in the win over Jacksonville in December. The Pack also set the PNC Arena record for points in a game with 116 in the win over Jacksonville. NC State set the PNC Arena record for assists in a game with 31 against South Carolina State and also twice tied the PNC Arena for fewest turnovers in a game with four against Clemson and Louisville.

Keatts came to NC State after three seasons as head coach of UNC-Wilmington. With the Seahawks, Keatts complied a record of 72-28 (.720) and a 41-13 (.759) mark in Colonial Athletic Association play.

"When we set out to hire our next men's basketball coach, we wanted to identify someone with the pedigree, vision and plan to serve as the architect of NC State basketball," said Yow. "Kevin quickly emerged as the perfect fit in each of these areas. His history of success in building programs, of competing at a championship-level in every stop of his career, his commitment to player development and priority in academics make him a tremendous hire for us. We welcome Kevin, his wife Georgette, and two sons K.J. and Kaden to the Wolfpack family."

Keatts led the Seahawks to postseason play all three years he was at UNC-Wilmington after taking over a program without a postseason berth in the previous eight seasons. The Seahawks went to the CIT in 2015 before making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017. The 2016 NCAA Tournament appearance was the school's first since the 2005-06 campaign.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., he guided the Seahawks to CAA regular season titles all three years in Wilmington and was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016. He was the first coach in conference history to earn Coach of the Year accolades in back-to-back seasons.

The 2016-17 UNC-Wilmington team won a school-record 29 games as the team led the conference and ranked 10th in the nation in scoring heading into the NCAA Tournament, averaging 85.2 points per game.

In 2015-16, the Seahawks were tabbed to finish sixth in the CAA prior to the season, but UNCW tied the then school-record with 25 wins as Keatts piloted the team to its first CAA tournament title since 2006.

Keatts took over a program that finished last in the CAA in 2013-14 and led them to a a share of the regular season title for its sixth regular season conference championship in 2014-15.

He came to UNC-Wilmington after three seasons as an assistant coach on Pitino's staff at Louisville and was elevated to associate head coach in January of 2014.

While on staff at Louisville, Keatts and the Cardinals went 96-21 (.821) and Keatts helped the Cardinals compile two straight top-10 recruiting classes en route to a pair of Big East Conference championships and NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013.

In July 2013, after surveying more than 200 collegiate coaches, ESPN.com named him the third most respected/feared assistant coach in the nation.

Prior to arriving at Louisville, Keatts served as the head coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. In 10 seasons with two separate stints at Hargrave (1999-2001, 2003-2011), he compiled a 263-17 record with two national prep championships (2004, 2008), three runner-up finishes (2005, 2006, 2009) and two other appearances among the final four prep teams (2007, 2010).

Keatts, who was inducted into Hargrave's Hall of Fame in 2011, won his second national prep title in 2008 with an unblemished 29-0 record – the school's first undefeated season. His teams lost one or fewer games six times.

Hargrave produced 103 players who signed NCAA Division I men's basketball scholarships during his 10 seasons and 18 others played on the NCAA Division II level.

He has coached nine players at the prep level who have reached the NBA, including Joe Alexander, Jordan Crawford, Josh Howard, Vernon Macklin, Mike Scott, Marreese Speights, Sam Young, David West and Korleone Young.

Keatts has also had stops as an assistant coach at Marshall and Southwestern Michigan College. He worked for two seasons at Marshall from 2001-03 and assisted with the program at Southwestern Michigan in Dowagiac, Mich., during the 1996-97 campaign.

He was a two-sport standout in football and basketball at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va., and went on to play four seasons of basketball as a point guard at Ferrum (Va.) College. He later earned his Bachelor's Degree while at Marshall.

Keatts and his wife Georgette, have two sons, K.J. and Kaden.

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    Booking fees for Kevin Keatts, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kevin Keatts, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kevin Keatts?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kevin Keatts for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kevin Keatts for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kevin Keatts or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kevin Keatts or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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