North Dakota State College of Science welcomes a new face to the Wildcat men’s basketball team. Scott Schumacher, head NDSCS men’s basketball coach has announced the addition of Connor Kuykendall, the new men’s basketball assistant coach for the 2011-12 season.
Kuykendall spent the last two years as a graduate assistant coach at Angelo State University (ASU), a Division II school in San Angelo, Texas. Previously, he spent two seasons on Ken DeWeese’s staff at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) out of Belton, Texas.
Some of his coaching achievements include helping the ASU Rams to the Lone Star Conference Tournament, coaching former Ram Division II All-American LaMarshall Corbett and guiding the UMHB Crusaders to both the American Southwest Conference championship in 2008 and the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship tournament.
A native of Midlothian, Texas, Kuykendall played at Midlothian High School under Glenn Hartson and holds single-season records for made three-pointers (93), made free throws (135) and free-throw percentage (84.0). He’s also the Panthers’ career record holder for three-pointers made (267). In his post-secondary career, he spent four seasons as a UMHB Crusader, helping the team to four consecutive conference tournaments and a trip to the NCAA D-III tournament during his senior season.
“I am excited to further my coaching career with the Wildcats and learn from such a successful college coach,” says Kuykendall. “I’m looking forward to the season and am grateful to be a part of the Wildcat tradition.”
Kuykendall earned his bachelor’s degree from UMHB in sports management and earned his master’s degree in sports administration from ASU. In addition to coaching at NDSCS, he will be teaching courses in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department.