Kevin Nickelberry: 5 things to know about the LSU basketball interim head coach
LSU President William F. Tate IV and athletics director Scott Woodward announced on March 12, 2022, that Kevin Nickelberry would take over the LSU men's basketball program for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
Men's basketball head coach Will Wade and associate head coach Bill Armstrong were terminated by LSU.
Nickelberry became an LSU men's basketball assistant coach ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Here's some basic information about Kevin Nickelberry:
- Age: 57 years old
- Birthday: Oct. 15, 1964
- Wife: Felicia
- Children: Carter, Kyan, and Kelby
- Hometown: Washington, D.C.
- College: Virginia Wesleyan University bachelor's degree in 1986
Find out five more things to know about LSU men's basketball interim head coach Kevin Nickelberry.
Kevin Nickelberry assistant coach for 3 NCAA Tournament teams
Kevin Nickelberry has been an assistant coach for 3 teams that made the NCAA Tournament.
LSU reached the NCAA Tournament in 2020-21 during Nickelberry's second season in Baton Rouge, and the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach for the Charlotte 49ers in 2001-02 and at Holy Cross in 2000-01.
Kevin Nickelberry head coach at Howard
Kevin Nickelberry spent nine seasons as the Howard Bison men's basketball head coach from 2010-19. Howard is located in Washington, D.C.
He never had a winning season at Howard, but he twice finished at .500 overall — his team went 16-16 overall in 2014-15 and it went 17-17 overall in 2018-19. Nickelberry's nine-year record at Howard was 96-194 overall.
His best seasons within the MEAC were 2014-15 and 2018-19 when he went 10-6 in the conference.
Kevin Nickelberry coached Libya national team
After Kevin Nickelberry resigned as the Howard head coach, he became head coach of the Libya men's basketball national in 2009.
Libya hosted the 2009 FIBA Africa Championships in Benghazi, Libya, from Aug. 5-15, 2009. Nickelberry led Libya to a 3-5 record to finish 11th of 16 teams.
"When I got into the gym, the fans were still running and the entire court was covered in sand," Nickelberry said to ESPN in 2010 of being the Libya national team head coach. "I went on the FIBA website. There were only two teams ranked below Libya. In the world. I can honestly tell you, the level of talent in that room was probably a mediocre high school or decent Division III program at best."
Kevin Nickelberry head coach at Hampton
Kevin Nickelberry was the Hampton Pirates head coach for three seasons from 2006-09. Hampton is located in Hampton, Virginia.
Nickelberry went 49-44 overall during his three seasons at Hampton.
He went 15-16 overall and 10-8 in the MEAC during 2006-07. He followed that in 2007-08 at 18-12 overall and 11-5 MEAC. His last season in 2008-09, the team went 16-16 overall and 8-8 MEAC.
Kevin Nickelberry first head coaching job as women's coach
Kevin Nickelberry's first head coaching job was as the women's basketball head coach at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. The college renamed itself Washington Adventist University in 2009.
Nickelberry was the women's basketball head coach at the NAIA school for three seasons from 1991-94.
His 1992-93 team set a then program record with 17 wins, according to Nickelberry's website.
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Check out the Kevin Nickelberry bio on the LSU men's basketball website.