Kimbrough named Assistant Basketball Coach at Loyola Chicago

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Jermaine Kimbrough, a veteran coach who has over 15 years of experience at the collegiate level, has been hired as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago, Ramblers head coach Porter Moser announced today. A native of northeast, Ohio, Kimbrough spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wyoming.

“I am thrilled to add someone with Jermaine’s experience to our staff,” Moser said. “I have known Jermaine for a long time and really respect the job he has done at every stop along his journey. He is a tireless recruiter and has a tremendous enthusiasm about the profession. Jermaine has recruited and trained players that have reached the highest level and I have been so impressed with his all-around abilities as a coach, from developing strong relationships with student-athletes, to player development, game-planning and recruiting.”

During his three-year stint at Wyoming, Kimbrough helped lead the Cowboys to a pair of 20-win seasons, including an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2016-17, and developed two All-Mountain West Conference selections, Justin James and Hayden Dalton, who were honored on multiple occasions.

Before heading to Wyoming, Kimbrough, a 2001 graduate of Virginia Tech, spent one season at the University of Nevada, where he helped the Wolf Pack to a 24-win campaign in 2015-16. That season, Nevada captured the CBI title and also delivered four All-Mountain West Conference individual honors.

Kimbrough spent the bulk of his career at Cleveland State University, where he served nine seasons as an assistant coach under Gary Waters. During his tenure with the Vikings, Kimbrough was a key part of four postseason appearances, including a NCAA tournament and three trips to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), and CSU racked up five 20-win campaigns. He helped recruit an abundance of talent to Cleveland State, including Norris Cole, who was a 2011 NBA Draft pick, as well as NBA players Bryn Forbes, Trey Lewis and Ike Nwamu.

Kimbrough’s coaching career has also included stops at Howard College, Massachusetts and Purdue Fort Wayne (then known as IPFW). He began his collegiate playing career at St. Catherine College before playing his final two seasons at Virginia Tech. 

The Ramblers return three starters from last year’s 20-win outfit, which produced a NIT berth, the program’s second straight postseason appearance.

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