Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman (born April 7, 1955)

Teams coached: Belmont Abbey Crusaders, UNC Wilmington Seahawks, Washington State Cougars
Belmont Abbey record^: 65-22 (.747)
UNC Wilmington record: 59-53 (.527)
Washington State record: 69-78 (.469)
Overall record^: 193-153 (.558)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1995, 1996)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1988)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2013-2014 Los Angeles Clippers (asst)
2004-2013 Boston Celtics (asst)
1994-1999 Washington State
1990-1994 UNC Wilmington
1989-1990 Tulsa (asst)
1986-1989 Belmont Abbey
1985-1986 Richmond (asst)
1983-1985 VCU (asst)
1980-1983 Colorado State (asst)
1978-1980 Richmond (asst)

Kevin Eastman Facts

  • Kevin T. Eastman
  • Born April 7, 1955
  • Hometown: Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: University of Richmond (BS, 1977 & MA, 1986)
  • Graduated from Haddonfield Memorial HS (NJ) and then played at Richmond for coaches Lewis Mills and Carl Slone
    • Led Haddonfield to a New Jersey state title in 1972 as the team’s captain
    • Was a three-time starter and two-time captain for the Spiders
  • Started his coaching career at his alma mater, spending two seasons working under new head coach Lou Goetz
  • Next stops were a three-year stint at Colorado State under Tony McAndrews and two years under J. D. Barnett at VCU
    • Was part of back-to-back Sun Belt titles and NCAA Tournament berths while at VCU
  • Returned to his alma mater to coach for one season under new head coach Dick Tarrant
  • Spent three seasons as the head coach at NAIA Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina
    • Won the NAIA District 26 title each year and appeared in the NAIA National Tournament in 1988
    • Also served as the school’s athletic director during his tenure as coach
  • Was an assistant for one more season under Barnett, this time at Tulsa in 1989-90
  • Hired in 1990 to be the head coach at UNC Wilmington, coaching the Seahawks for four seasons
    • Went 59-53 at the helm, improving from 11 wins in his first year to 18 in his fourth
  • Left UNCW for Washington State in 1994, coaching the Cougars for the next five seasons
    • First head coach to lead Washington State to back-to-back postseason berths (NIT in 1995 & 1996)
    • After starting with two winning seasons, Eastman was below .500 in each of. his last three seasons at the helm
  • He resigned in 1999 and after some time out of coaching, was hired by Doc Rivers to be an assistant with the Boston Celtics
    • Coached the Celtics for all nine years of Rivers’ tenure there and was part of the team’s 2008 NBA title
    • Followed Doc to LA in 2013, spending one year as an assistant and two years as VP of Basketball Operations
    • Retired in 2016 at the age of 61 after nearly 40 years of working in basketball
  • Along with his wife, Wendy, has one son

Kevin Eastman Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NAIA and NCAA Division I levels