Kotie Kimble joined the William and Mary staff in August of 2011 and enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Green and Gold. Kimble spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville, helping the Bulldogs to the Big South Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament during the 2011 campaign.
“Kotie is a complete fit for our program with his relentless work ethic and ability to relate not only to our current staff, but to our players,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “He is extremely well organized and an excellent communicator. In three years at UNC Asheville, he proved to be a tireless and effective recruiter. His experience and demeanor will help our program continue to build upon its recent success both on and off the court.”
Kimble’s responsibilities with the Tribe include overseeing the team’s academics, recruiting, guard development and scouting. Over the last two years while serving as the program’s academic coordinator, the Tribe has maintained a cumulative GPA of better than 3.0 and had 11 players named to the CAA All-Academic Team. In both 2013 and 2014, the Tribe led the CAA in all-academic team selections and saw three of its five starters named to the team.
In 2013-14, Kimble helped the program to its seventh 20-win season and the brink of the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the CAA Championship game before falling to Delaware, 75-74. The Green and Gold finished third during the CAA regular season, the second-best finish in program history, and established school records for points scored, 3-point percentage, fewest turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. In 2013, Kimble was one of the top assistants in the CAA by NextUpRecruits.com after the program enjoyed its third best turnaround in school history during the 2012-13 season.
During his time with the Green and Gold, he has also helped in the development of guard Brandon Britt and Marcus Thornton. Britt scored more than 1,200 points in his college career and was named to the CAA All-Tournament team in 2014. Thornton is a two-time NABC First Team All-District selection and owns the most points (1,519) through his first three seasons of in Tribe player in program history.
Under the direction of UNC Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach, Kimble helped guide the Bulldog program to 50 victories over the last three seasons, including a 20-win campaign. Over his three years at Asheville, the Bulldogs produced four All-Big South honorees. UNC Asheville finished in the top four in the Big South standings each of his three seasons and advanced to at least the Big South semifinals all three years. In 2011, Asheville won its opening round NCAA Tournament game against Arkansas Little Rock, 81-77, before falling to top-seeded Pittsburgh in the second round.
“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to join the Tribe family,” Kimble said. “Coach Shaver has done a tremendous job here, and I look forward to continuing to grow as a coach and mentor under his direction. I’ve been very fortunate to be around some great coaches over the past few years. Coach Biedenbach gave me a great opportunity early in this profession, and I will always be grateful to him and many others.”
Kimble was a key part of the Bulldog coaching staff in 2011, working primarily with All-Big South guards Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm. Dickey was a first-team all-conference selection, while Primm earned second team honors. Both were on the Big South All-Tournament team with Dickey being named event’s MVP. The pair ranked among the top seven in the Big South in scoring with Dickey hitting for 15.7 points per game and Primm adding 14.6. Both players ranked among the league leaders in steals per game, while Primm was second in the Big South in assists per game (4.5). As a team, the Bulldogs led the Big South with 9.1 steals per game.
Kimble graduated from Coastal Carolina where he worked as a student assistant under Pete Strickland and Buzz Peterson. During his time in Conway, the Chanticleers amassed 59 victories, including a 20-win season and an appearance in the Big South Championship Game under the direction of Peterson in 2006. Kimble earned his degree in history from Coastal in 2007.