Iona College men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino announced the appointment of Joey Kuhl as Director of Operations. Kuhl comes to New Rochelle after spending the 2019-20 season as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech.
“Joey comes with an unbelievable recommendation from a coach I’m very close with, Chris Beard,” said Pitino. “We’re excited to have him join our program. He brings great experience as a full-time assistant at Air Force and working on Coach Beard’s staff at Texas Tech. The director of operations position at Iona is perfectly suited towards his career trajectory.”
Kuhl’s lone season at Texas Tech was highlighted by an 18-13 mark and 9-9 in Big XII play, good for third place in the conference. The Red Raiders season included wins over No. 1 Louisville at Madison Square Garden at the Jimmy V Classic, and No. 12 West Virginia at home in Big XII play. Kuhl assisted with scouting and defensive game plan implementation for the ninth-ranked defense in the NCAA, managed recruiting database and creation of recruiting materials, supported player development with individual athletes and assisted student-athletes in academic development.
“I want to congratulate Coach Pitino on Joey’s hiring,” said Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard. “Iona basketball won big today. Joey did a great job here at Texas Tech. He is driven, talented and impacts winning. Players gravitate towards him because he is genuine and pays attention to every detail. There are a lot of Iona fans now here in Lubbock, Texas.”
Prior to Texas Tech, Kuhl spent two seasons as assistant coach and video coordinator at Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His coaching career began with the Austin Toros/Spurs in the NBA Development League where he was the Basketball Operations Quality Assurance Assistant from 2012-16 and assistant coach with the organization in the 2016-17 season. The Austin Spurs were Western Conference Finalists in 2015 and 2016. Kuhl also worked as an offensive clinician at the Snow Valley Basketball School in July 2016.
An Austin, Texas native, Kuhl was a three-year letterman at McCallum High School before attending the University of Texas where he earned his bachelor’s degree in History in 2015.