|Position:||Assistant to the Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Virginia Wesleyan|
Kevin Nickelberry, who has served over a decade as a head coach, has joined the LSU men’s basketball staff as an Assistant to LSU Head Coach Will Wade.
Nickelberry has previously served as the head coach at Howard University (2010-19), Hampton (2006-09) and the Columbia Union women’s team (1991-94). He also served as an assistant coach at Howard, Monmouth, Holy Cross, Charlotte and Clemson before being named head coach at Hampton.
His 2019 Howard squad became the first team since 1992 to advance to postseason play, earning a spot in the College Basketball Invitational field. His teams at Howard recorded GPAs of at least 3.0 in eight of his seasons at Howard.
When Nickelberry took over the job at Howard in 2010, he inherited a program that had not seen a winning season in almost a decade. He became known as a “program builder” both on and off the court. Through good recruiting efforts, he brought in players and coached them through seasons that earned first team All-MEAC honors and worked with multiple players that would earn conference rookie of the year and player of the year honors.
Off the court, he stressed academic work, including having nearly 50 players players named to the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic team. He also pushed his squad to a 1.000 Academic Progress Rate for 2014-15.
While head coach at Hampton, he was rated among the top 25 “Up-and-Coming” coaches by Sporting News and hoopscooponline.com in 2008.
During his years as an assistant coach, he was named by Basketball Times, The Hoop Scoop and Rivals.com as one of the top assistants in the country. Nickelberry worked in all areas including recruiting, fundraising, marketing and public relations.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Nickelberry was involved in many successful entrepreneur ventures. He was the president of two public relations firms and founded an at-risk youth non-profit organization in the Washington, D. C. area.
He spent the 2009-10 year as the head coach of the Libya National Basketball team and the team with Coach Nickelberry at the helm, won more games than any other time in international play.
Nickelberry began his coaching career as the head women’s basketball coach at Columbia Union College in 1991.
The 54-year-old Nickelberry was born in Washington, D.C., and played at Virginia Wesleyan University where he graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. Nickelberry and wife, Felicia, are the parents of three sons – Carter, Kyan and Kelby.
The Nickelberry File
Years at LSU: First
Birthdate: October 15, 1964
Children Carter, Kyan, Kelby
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: Virginia Wesleyan University, ‘86
College Coaching Experience
1991-92: Assistant Coach, Columbia Union
1991-94: Head WC, Columbia Union
1995-98: Assistant Coach, Howard
1998-99: Assistant Coach, Monmouth
1999-01: Assistant Coach, Holy Cross
2001-03: Assistant Coach, Charlotte
2003-06: Assistant Coach, Clemson
2006-09: Head Coach, Hampton
2009-10: Assistant Coach, DePaul
2010-19: Head Coach, Howard
2019- : Assistant to the HC, LSU