Kevin Keatts, who has won two national prep championships and was runner-up on three occasions as head coach at Hargrave Military Academy over eight seasons, is in his second year on the University of Louisville men's basketball staff as an assistant coach under head coach Rick Pitino. He joined the Cardinals in April 2011.
"We're really excited to have Kevin on our staff," said Pitino. "He rounds out three outstanding individuals who all bring something different to the table to create a terrific recruiting team, as well being a group that excels in coaching and scouting. Kevin has been a tireless recruiter at Hargrave, where it's not easy for everyone to get up at six a.m. to march. He did an outstanding job of building his prep teams for many years and also has experience as a collegiate assistant."
Keatts' success as a prep coach is staggering. In 10 seasons in two separate stints as the head coach at Hargrave (1999-2001, 2003-2011), he compiled an incredible 262-17 record with two national prep titles (2004, 2008), three runner-up finishes (2005, 2006, 2009) and two additional appearances among the final four prep teams (2007, 2010). Keatts won his second national prep title with a perfect 29-0 record, the school's first ever undefeated season. His teams lost one or fewer games on six occasions.
Located in Chatham, Va., Hargrave produced 103 players who signed NCAA Division I men's basketball scholarships during Keatts 10 seasons as a head coach -- an average of over 10 a year -- and an additional 18 advanced to play at the Division II level. Keatts coached current UofL junior Luke Hancock at Hargrave and had recruited current Cardinal freshman Montrezl Harrell to Hargrave before joining the UofL staff last year.
Keatts has coached six current NBA players at the prep level including Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford and forward Josh Howard, Detroit Pistons forward Vernon Macklin, Philadelphia 76ers forward Marreese Speights, Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Sam Young, and New Orleans Hornets forward David West.
Keatts was a collegiate assistant coach at Marshall University for two seasons from 2001-03 under head coach Greg White. Recently, he was in the Cardinals' KFC Yum! Center as one of the coaches for the successful Gold Team at the 2011 Derby Festival Basketball Classic all-star game.
His first coaching stop was as an assistant for one year at Southwestern Michigan College (1996-97). He moved on to become an assistant coach at Hargrave for two years (1997-99) before advancing as the schools' head coach.
Keatts was a two sport standout in basketball and football at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va. and also excelled in basketball at Ferrum College. Keatts and his wife Georgette have two sons, Kevin (8) and Kaden (4).