That was enough to convince NC State to make Keatts its next coach.
Fresh off his team's opening-round loss in the NCAA Tournament, UNCW coach Kevin Keatts is set to visit with NC State about the open head coaching position, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. He grew up in Lynchburg, Va., and has coached at Hargrave Military Academy as well as Marshall University.
Before landing the head coaching job at UNC-Wilmington, Keatts was an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2011-2014. Keatts recruited future UL standouts Luke Hancock, Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier and others, helping the Cardinals win the 2013 NCAA title.
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The 44-year-old Keatts will now have to battle against the likes of Duke and North Carolina on a consistent basis. He has earned CAA Coach of the Year honors with UNC Wilmington.
Suffice to say, losing Keatts would be a massive blow for UNCW and a huge hire for NC State. UNCW went the the NCAA Tournament over the last two seasons.
Keatts and No. 12-seeded UNC Wilmington fell 76-71 to Virginia in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, and he formally met with NC State athletic director Debbie Yow on Friday. In addition, freshman center Omer Yurtseven has announced his intention to the test the NBA Draft waters.