Howard Names Kevin Nickleberry as Head Basketball Coach

By | 5/6/2010, 12:22 p.m.

Kevin Nickelberry. Photo Courtesy of Howard University.

Howard President Sidney A. Ribeau announced former Hampton University head coach Kevin Nickleberry as the new Mens Basketball Coach.

" We are committed to building competitive intercollegiate programs to ensure that our student-athletes succeed in the classroom and perform at the highesdt level. We are looking forward to Coach Nickleberry's leadership, " Ribeau said. Nickleberry is a 1986 graduate of Virginia Wesleyan.

" We are pleased to have a coach with the distinguished career and success of Kevin Nickelberry lead our men's basketball program," said Charles Gibbs, Director of Athletics at the press conference to announce the new coach.

" This is an exciting day, not only for Howard University, but for our alumni and loyal supporters. We look toward the future under Coach Nickleberry's direction as we take the nevessary steps to propel our program to a new era of excellence," Gibbs said.

Nickleberry, a native of Washington D.C., spent the last year coaching the Libya Natinal Team. From 2006-2009 he was the head coach of Hampton University. Mickleberry also was an assistant coach at Howard from 1994-1998.

" This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me to be able to return to the sidelines at Howard because of its rich tradition, heritage and a strong academic dimension," Nickleberry said.

" I look forward to getting to know each of the players, building a staff and makeing sure that we put things in motion for the upcoming academic year."