Charlotte 49ers head men’s basketball coach Ron Sanchez has announced the hiring Kotie Kimble as assistant coach. Kimble joins the 49ers coaching staff after spending the last seven years as an assistant coach at William & Mary.
“Kotie brings a combination of experience and youth to the coaching staff,” Sanchez said. “That combination allows him to really connect with recruits. He has a bright future and I am thrilled to have him join the 49ers family.”
During his time on the coaching staff at William & Mary, the Tribe posted three of the program’s eight 20-win seasons while capturing the Colonial Athletic Association’s regular-season title in 2015 and reaching the CAA Tournament Championship game in 2014 and 2015. During that stretch, William & Mary averaged 16 wins per season.
Kimble oversaw the team’s academics, recruiting and scouting while working with the team’s guards. During that stretch, William & Mary had 17 players named to the CAA All-Academic team. In 2013 and 2014, he was named as one of the top assistants in the CAA by NextUpRecruits.com. He recruited and helped develop three players that scored over 1,000 career points including, Marcus Thornton, the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Before joining the coaching staff at William & Mary, Kimble spent three seasons as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville on Eddie Biedenbach’s coaching staff. In 2011, UNC Asheville won the Big South Tournament and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. In 2011, UNC Asheville defeated Arkansas Little Rock in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He helped coach and recuit four players that earned All-Big South honors. In each of his three seasons at UNC Asheville, the Bulldogs finished in the top four of the Big South standings and advanced to at least the Big South Conference Tournament semifinals.
“I am extremely humbled, honored and privileged to join Coach Sanchez at Charlotte,” Kimble said. “I will be forever grateful to Tony Shaver and the William & Mary community for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing place over the past seven seasons. Charlotte is a special place with a rich history. I’m really thankful for the opportunity that Coach Sanchez has given me, and I’m thrilled to pour into our players, this community and Niner Nation!”
Kimble earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Coastal Carolina in 2007. At Coastal Carolina, he worked as a student assistant under basketball coaches Pete Strickland and Buzz Peterson. During his time in Conway, S.C., the Chanticleers amassed 59 victories, including a 20-win season and an appearance in the Big South Championship Game in 2006.