Kevin Willard

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Kevin Willard
Willard (middle) as an assistant coach with the Louisville Cardinals under Pitino
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Seton Hall
Record 66-65
Biographical details
Born (1975-04-06) April 6, 1975 (age 39)
Huntington, New York
Playing career
Western Kentucky
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Boston Celtics (assistant)
Louisville (assistant)
Seton Hall
Head coaching record
Overall 111-114

Kevin Willard (born April 6, 1975) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Seton Hall University, and former coach of Iona College. He took over Iona from Jeff Ruland on April 10, 2007.1

In his third season with Iona, Willard led the Gaels to the 14th 20-win season in program history. It was a nine-win improvement from his first two seasons in New Rochelle. After inheriting a program that was 10th to last in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the Gaels improved to a Top 80 RPI in 2009–10, the highest turnaround over the timespan in NCAA Division I. After completing the turnaround, Willard accepted a head coaching position in the Big East with Seton Hall University on March 28, 2010.2

Willard came to Iona after spending ten years as an assistant under Rick Pitino. He started his coaching career in the NBA ranks, working on the bench with the Boston Celtics. After Pitino resigned from the Celtics in 2001, Willard followed him to Louisville, and spent the next six years as an assistant there.

Willard played basketball at Western Kentucky during the 1992–93 season (his freshman year) before transferring to Pittsburgh to finish his career.

Willard's father, Ralph Willard, is the associate head coach at the Louisville and a former head men's basketball coach at Holy Cross, Pittsburgh and Western Kentucky.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Iona Gaels (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (2007–2010)
2007-2008 Iona 12–20 8–10 7th
2008-2009 Iona 12–19 7–11 7th
2009–2010 Iona 21–10 12–6 3rd
Iona: 45–49 (.479) 27–27 (.500)
Seton Hall Pirates (Big East Conference) (2010–2013)
2010–2011 Seton Hall 13–17 7–11 12th
2011–2012 Seton Hall 21–13 8–10 10th NIT Second Round
2012–2013 Seton Hall 15–18 3–15 13th
Seton Hall Pirates (Big East Conference) (2013–present)
2013–2014 Seton Hall 17–17 6–12 8th
Seton Hall: 66–65 (.504) 24–48 (.333)
Total: 111–114 (.493)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Willard takes over for Ruland at Iona". 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Reports: Seton Hall to hire Willard". 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 

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