Kevin Nickelberry

Kevin Nickelberry (born October 15, 1964)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Florida State Seminoles (Head coach: Leonard Hamilton)
Current conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Teams coached: Hampton Pirates, Howard Bison, LSU Tigers
Hampton record: 49-44 (.527)
Howard record: 96-194 (.331)
LSU record: 0-1 (.000)
Overall record^: 145-239 (.378)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2019)
  • NAIA Women’s Tournament Appearances:  (1992, 1993, 1994)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present Florida State (asst)
2022-2023 Georgetown (assoc. HC)
2022 LSU (interim HC)
2020-2022 LSU (asst)
2019-2020 LSU (asst. to the HC)
2010-2019 Howard
2006-2009 Hampton
2003-2006 Clemson (asst)
2001-2003 Charlotte (asst)
1999-2001 Holy Cross (assoc. HC)
1998-1999 Monmouth (asst)
1995-1998 Howard (asst)
1991-1994 Columbia Union (women’s HC)
1991-1992 Columbia Union (asst)

Kevin Nickelberry Facts

  • Kevin Nickelberry
  • Born October 15, 1964
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Alma Mater: Virginia Wesleyan University (BA, 1986)
  • Started his coaching career in 1991 at Columbia Union, serving as women’s head coach for three seasons and also as a men’s assistant for one
    • Led the women’s team to the NAIA Playoffs in each of his three seasons at the helm
  • First tenure at Howard was a three-year stint as an assistant under head coach Mike McLeese
  • Spent time working as an assistant at various other Division I programs, including time under Dave Calloway (Monmouth), Ralph Willard (Holy Cross), Bobby Lutz (Charlotte) and Oliver Purnell (Clemson)
  • Became the head coach at Hampton in 2006, going 49-44 in three seasons with the Pirates
  • Was the head coach of the Libya National Basketball Team from 2009-10
    • Nearly became associate head coach at Hawaii and then briefly joined Purnell‘s staff at DePaul in 2010 before returning to Howard
  • Hired as the head basketball coach of the Howard Bison in 2010
    • Had 96 wins and one postseason appearance (2019 CBI) during his tenure
    • Fired in March 2019 after nine seasons at the helm, going 96-194 overall
  • In July 2019, Nickelberry joined Will Wade‘s staff at LSU as assistant to the head coach; elevated to assistant coach before the 2020-21 season
    • Served as the interim head coach for one game in 2022, the Tigers’ opening round NCAA Tournament loss
  • Worked on Patrick Ewing‘s staff at Georgetown for the 2022-23 season as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator
  • Hired in April 2023 to be an assistant at Florida State under head coach Leonard Hamilton

Kevin Nickelberry Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the men’s NCAA Division I level only