Eight-Year Coaching Veteran Becomes First Head Coach in Franchise History
WHITE PLAINS, October 8, 2014 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, have named Kevin Whitted as the team’s first head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The Westchester Knicks will tip off their inaugural season this November and play all home games at the historic Westchester County Center in White Plains.
“Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community.”
Whitted brings eight years of professional basketball coaching experience to Westchester, three of which were spent in the NBA Development League. Beginning his coaching career in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and Professional Basketball League (PBL), Whitted won his first two division championships as head coach. After two seasons as the President of Basketball Operations for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (PBL), he became an assistant coach first for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, followed by the Springfield Armor, who at the time were affiliated with the Knicks. Following a stint in the NBA Summer League as an Assistant Coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, Whitted most recently served as the interim head men’s basketball coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College.
Before enjoying a seven-year professional basketball career in the United States and Europe, Whitted accumulated 972 points as a three-year starter for Tennessee. A four-year letterman at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, Whitted became the all-time leading scorer in 1990 with 1,554 points, surpassing the record previously held by Michael Jordan.
Whitted has also been nationally recognized as a basketball skills developer, training and developing elite level players in the NIKE Skills Academies.
“This is an incredible opportunity and I am very excited to be in Westchester,” said Whitted. “I look forward to working closely with Allan and the entire Knicks organization in building a development system that is both fruitful and competitive.” Inaugural Season Tickets are on sale now. For Westchester Knicks ticket information, visit westchesterknicks.com or call (914) 559-6889. Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team at: @wcknicks on Twitter at twitter.com/wcknicks and on Facebook at facebook.com/wcknicks.