OFFICIAL: Kimbrough hired at Arizona State

Jermaine Kimbrough, a veteran coach who has over 20 years of experience, has joined Bobby Hurley‘s staff.

A native of northeast, Ohio, Kimbrough spent the previous two seasons at Loyola-Chicago and the three prior seasons at the University of Wyoming.

“I’d like to welcome coach Jermaine Kimbrough to the Sun Devil Men’s Basketball Family,” said Sun Devil head coach Bobby Hurley. “He brings a wealth of experience and recent success with the outstanding run of Loyola Chicago in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Jermaine brings tremendous value in all areas and will play a key role in the advancement of Arizona State Basketball.”
Kimbrough played a key role in helping the Ramblers to a 21-win season in 2019-20 and then the success of 2020-21 team that reached the Sweet Sixteen and went 26-5. Over the last four years, Loyola has compiled 99 wins.
Center Cameron Krutwig finished second in the voting for Larry Bird trophy as the 2019-20 MVC Player of the Year, earning first team all-league accolades, while freshman guard Marquise Kenney was chosen as the MVC Sixth Man of the Year. Tate Hall was hailed as a Third Team All-MVC pick and Lucas Williamson picked up MVC All-Defensive Team recognition.
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.
Upon graduation, Kimbrough moved right into the coaching ranks, first serving as an assistant at Howard College from 2001-03 before moving on to Cleveland State as director of operations. After a season at CSU, he spent one year (2004-05) as the director of operations at Massachusetts and then one season at Purdue Fort Wayne (then IPFW) as an assistant coach before returning to Cleveland State.
Kimbrough began his playing career at St. Catherine College before transferring to Virginia Tech, where he played two seasons (1998-2000) before graduating with a degree in psychology. He was a prep standout at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, earning all-league honors on four occasions and all-city accolades three times. As a senior, he was a second team all-state designee after pouring in 26 points per game.
Kimbrough and his wife, Tameka, have five children.

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