NC State Basketball Coaching Staff

Last Game

Win 76-69
Mar 3, 2018
Raleigh, NC

Kevin Keatts

Head Coach

Kevin Keatts was hired as NC State coach in 2017.

Keatts comes 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."

Prior to his time in Wilmington, he was a member of Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville, helping the Cardinals to a pair of Final Fours, a Sweet 16 and the 2013 NCAA title.

"I have an incredible respect for the history and tradition of NC State University, and am honored by the opportunity to lead the Wolfpack," said Keatts. "There is an unbelievable commitment to basketball in Raleigh, and I share a vision with Debbie Yow and Chancellor Randy Woodson on what NC State can achieve.

"From incredible fan support to high-level academics, first-class facilities and the ability to recruit at the highest level, everything is in place at NC State to build an elite program. My family and I are honored to become a part of Wolfpack Nation, and I look forward to adding to its storied history."

"We welcome Kevin and his family to the NC State community," said NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson. "We're confident he has the character, leadership and vision to lead our men's basketball program to great heights."

James Johnson

Assistant Coach

James Johnson was the first coach hired by Kevin Keatts after Keatts was hired by NC State.

Johnson and Keatts were teammates for two seasons at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va., from 1991-93.

"James and I go back over 25 years, and my comfort level in his approach, his knowledge of the ACC, and my respect for his ability to teach and develop our student-athletes, makes him an ideal fit," said Keatts. "He is an outstanding addition to our staff, and I welcome him to NC State."

He comes to the Wolfpack after two years as the Director of Basketball Operations for Jim Larranaga’s program at Miami.

Johnson was the head of Virginia Tech for two seasons from 2012-2014.

Takayo Siddle

Assistant Coach

Takayo Siddle was the second coach hired by Kevin Keatts at NC State, joining him from UNC Wilmington.

Siddle is no stranger to Keatts as he played for him at Hargrave Military Academy and was an assistant coach under him at Hargrave as well. He most recently served as an assistant coach under Keatts for all three seasons Keatts was the head coach at UNC-Wilmington.

“Takayo is a rising star in this profession with a great enthusiasm for the game,” said Keatts. “He is a North Carolina native and knows the state very well. This is my third straight head coaching position where I have hired Takayo as a member of my staff. Obviously, I have tremendous respect for his coaching ability and the way he can mold our student-athletes. He is a tremendous addition to our staff.”

Siddle was part of a staff that went 72-28 in three years at UNC-Wilmington as the Seahawks advanced to the postseason all three seasons, including two NCAA tournament appearances.

A.W. Hamilton

Assistant Coach

NC State men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts completed his inaugural staff at NC State with the hire of A.W. Hamilton.

Hamilton played for Keatts at Hargrave Military Academy, and after being a graduate assistant at Marshall, joined Keatts staff at Hargrave as an assistant coach starting with the 2006-07 season. When Keatts left to become an assistant coach at Louisville in 2011, he recommended Hamilton take over the Hargrave program.

“I’ve known AW for over 15 years as a player and assistant coach, and I’m excited to have him join our staff,” said Keatts. “His ability to recruit, teach and game plan is exceptional, and he is going to be a great asset for our staff and players.”

During Hamilton’s 11 year tenure, Hargrave produced 113 NCAA Division I players, 33 NCAA Division II players, one McDonald’s All-American, one Parade All-American and nine NBA players. Hamilton took over as Head Post-Graduate Basketball Coach in 2011. In the 2015 NBA Draft, two of Hamilton’s players were selected: Terry Rozier #16 to the Boston Celtics and Montrezl Harrell #32 to the Houston Rockets.

Thomas Carr

Director Of Basketball Operations

Thomas Carr comes to NC State after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach on Keatts' staff at UNC-Wilmington. In his three seasons on staff at UNC-Wilmington, the Seahawks complied a 72-28 record and won three regular season Colonial Athletic Association titles.

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