Ron Kestenbaum

Ron Kestenbaum (born September 16, 1943)

Teams coached: Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, Brooklyn College Bulldogs
Arkansas-Little Rock record: 85-52 (.620)
Brooklyn College record: 16-39 (.291)
Overall record: 101-91 (.526)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • TAAC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1982, 1983)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1990-1992 Brooklyn College
1984-1990 Brooklyn College (asst)
1979-1984 Arkansas-Little Rock
197?-1979 Centenary (asst)

Ron Kestenbaum Facts

  • Ron Kestenbaum
  • Born September 16, 1943
  • Hometown: New York City, New York
  • Alma Mater: Hunter College (BA, 1966)
  • Born and raised in The Bronx, Kestenbaum played basketball at (now D-III) Hunter College in New York City
  • First head coaching job was at Adlai Stevenson HS (NY), where he won two Section II NYC titles and was Coach of the Year in 1974
  • Moved up to the college ranks, first as an assistant under Riley Wallace and Tommy Canterbury at formerly D-I Centenary in Shreveport, LA
  • Was hired in 1979 to be the head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock and immediately began recruiting players from New York and New Jersey
    • Compiled an 85-52 record over five seasons at the helm and won back-to-back TAAC regular season titles in 1982 and 1983
    • Went 14-15 in his fifth and final year, then resigned to head back home and take a job at Brooklyn College
  • Spent six seasons assisting Mark Reiner at Brooklyn, which was at that time a Division I Independent program
    • Took over as the Bulldogs’ head coach in 1990, going 16-39 in two seasons before the program decided to reclassify to D-III
  • Kestenbaum became the athletic director at Sheepshead Bay HS (NY) in 1992, working for 12 years before retiring in 2004

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