Kevin Keatts agrees to 6-year deal at NC State
Posted March 17
Updated March 18
Raleigh, N.C. — Kevin Keatts will be the next head men's basketball coach at NC State.
Keatts, who earned $600,000 per season at UNC-Wilmington, agreed on a six-year deal Friday that will pay him $2.2 million annually. The contract also has built-in incentives for reaching certain milestones. His buyout for an early departure from UNCW is $200,000.
A two-time CAA Coach of the Year, Keatts guided the Seahawks to three consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular-season titles and two CAA postseason crowns in three seasons. His record at UNCW was 72-28.
"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."
Keatts sat down for a face-to-face interview with NC State Athletics Director Debbie Yow Friday, one day after UNC-Wilmington lost to Virginia 76-71 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
Before landing the head coaching job at UNC-Wilmington, Keatts was an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2011-2014. He grew up in Lynchburg, Va., and has coached at Hargrave Military Academy as well as Marshall University.
Keatts replaces Mark Gottfried who was fired after six seasons with the Wolfpack. Gottfried took NC State to four NCAA Tournaments, including two Sweet 16s while posting a 123-86 record in Raleigh.
He will be introduced at a press conference at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Reynolds Coliseum.