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Kingsley Earns Coaching Honor

Kingsley Earns Coaching Honor

Named Top 25 Mid-Major Assistant Coach Recruiter

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Matt Kingsley, Yale's Associate Head Coach of Men's Basketball, has played a key role in the Bulldogs' recent success, and his efforts are not going unnoticed. Kingsley has been named a Top 25 Mid-Major Assistant Coach Recruiter by CoachStat.Net.

"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.

A national panel of voters ranked the Top 25 Assistant Coach Recruiters at the Mid-Major level. Coaches from the Atlantic 10, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Patriot, Sun Belt, West Coast were considered based on criteria such as recruiting contributions to team success, experience, reputation among peers, success of signees and more.

Kingsley, who recently completed his 11th season as a member of James Jones' staff in 2015-16, was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2013.

During Kingsley's tenure, the Bulldogs have a .623 winning percentage in Ivy League games, won back-to-back League titles in 2015 and 2016 and reached the postseason three times, including advancing to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament after upsetting Baylor in the opening round. In addition, Yale has seven top-three league finishes with Kingsley on the sideline.

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 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 13th 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.

In addition, 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.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity