COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kevin Kuwik has been added to the Ohio State men’s basketball staff as video coordinator, head coach Thad Matta announced Tuesday. He joins the Buckeyes after spending the 2008-09 campaign as the director of operations at Butler and 14 previous seasons in various collegiate basketball coaching and administrative capacities.
“We are excited to have Kevin on our staff,” Matta said. “He has been a full-time assistant coach for many years. He knows Ohio well after spending some time at Ohio University and has a tremendous background in coaching. All that experience makes him a perfect fit for the video position.”
Kuwik’s coaching career has been coordinated around 10 years of military service, dating back to 1996. He was deployed to Mosul, Iraq, with the 113th Engineer Battalion of the Indiana Army National Guard as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004, and was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service. He received an honorable discharge from the military in April 2006.
Prior to joining the staff at Butler, Kuwik spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University (2001-08), helping the Bobcats to a 120-95 record, including a pair of 20-win seasons, and two postseason tournament appearances. He was on a leave of absence in 2004-05 to fulfill an 18-month mission as an Army engineer captain, but returned to the bench to help Ohio win the 2005 MAC Tournament championship and advance to the NCAA tournament.
Kuwik began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers University in 1998. He spent two seasons at Christian Brothers, before taking an assistant coach position at Saint Michael’s (Vt.) in 2000. He helped lead Saint Michael’s to a 27-4 record, the best in school history, and a berth in the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional Final, finishing third in the final 2001 Division II national poll.
A native of New York, Kuwik graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1996 with a degree in mechanical engineering and was a Distinguished Military Graduate in the Army ROTC program. While in South Bend, he also served as a student assistant under men’s basketball coach John MacLeod for three seasons, 1993-96.