Matt Kingsley, who will begin his 14th season as a member of James Jones’ staff in 2018-19, was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2013.
During Kingsley’s tenure, the Bulldogs have a .651 winning percentage in Ivy League games and won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history, a victory over Baylor in the 2016 Tournament. In addition, Yale won Ivy titles in 2014-15 and 2015-16, has finished in the top three in the final standings nine times and reached the postseason three times.
Kingsley’s role in Yale’s recent success has not gone unnoticed. He was named a Top 25 Mid-Major Assistant Coach Recruiter by CoachStat.Net in 2016.
"Kingsley's resume boasts a New England prep school championship as head coach and an NCAA Tournament appearance as an assistant. It's an understanding of recruits and their families that drives this straight shooter. Avoiding talk without substance, recruits appreciate his genuine approach," the site wrote.
Kingsley played a key role in a memorable 2015-16 season when Yale won 23 games, the most since 1906-07, captured a second straight Ivy League title with a 13-1 record, matching the 1961-62 team for the best in school history, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 54 years where the Bulldogs upset Baylor.
Over the last five years, Yale has won 98 games and posted a 51-19 Ivy League mark.
Kingsley works primarily with the guards, and a number of his pupils have had great success, including Makai Mason, a first team All-Ivy selection in 2016 who scored 31 points in Yale's victory over Baylor in the NCAA Tournament. Javier Duren '15, who played professionally in Europe, earned first team All-Ivy recognition as a senior and finished his career eighth all-time at Yale with 314 career assists. Austin Morgan '13 graduated as Yale's all-time leader in free throw percentage (.859), and is third all-time with 199 career three-pointers. Reggie Willhite '12 is the school's single-season steals leader and was the 2012 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Alex Zampier '10 is Yale's all-time leader with 167 career steals and is in the top 10 in career free throw percentage (4th, .816) and career three-pointers (8th, 135). Zampier was drafted by the New Mexico Thunderbirds in the 2010 NBA Development League. Eric Flato '08 graduated second all-time at Yale in three-point field goals made (213) and 14th in school history in scoring (1,193 points).
Prior to coming to Yale, Kingsley was the associate head coach at Eastern Connecticut. During his tenure at Eastern, Kingsley helped the team improve from 7-19 in 2003 to 14-12 in 2004, including a school record eight conference wins. At Eastern, Kingsley worked under head coach Bill Geitner, who has guided the Warriors to a Little East Conference Championship and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
Prior to serving at Eastern Connecticut, Kingsley was a post graduate men's basketball coach at Saint Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., where he worked for legendary head coach Jere Quinn. In 2001, he helped coach the team to a 31-3 record and the New England Prep School Class A Championship. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Clarkson University where the team had the second most wins in school history and earned the first post-season berth in school history.
Kingsley is a 1998 graduate of Wesleyan University where he was a standout for the basketball team. His 191 three-pointers still ranks first all time in school history and his 1,176 points was second all-time when he graduated and currently stands fourth all time. He also served as a team captain.