Kevin Carroll joins the Lipscomb men’s basketball staff after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Conference member, Virginia Military Institute. Carroll brings nearly twenty years of coaching experience to Nashville, including ten seasons as a head coach at the collegiate and high school levels.
During his tenure with VMI, the Keydets showed marked improvement, nearly doubling their win total over a two-year span and capturing the program’s first SoCon Tournament victory in sixteen seasons in 2019. Carroll’s recruiting efforts were pivotal to the program’s surge, including serving as the lead recruiter of the 2019 SoCon scoring champion and 2018 Freshman of the Year, Bubba Parham.
Prior to his arrival at VMI, Carroll served as the head coach at NCAA Division II member, Maryville University-St. Louis, from 2010-2017. His tenure began on the tail end of the program’s transition from NCAA Division III to Division II and was highlighted by setting a program record for wins in a season and being the only coach in school history to record wins against nationally ranked opponents.
After rebuilding the program in his first two seasons, Carroll led the 2012-13 team to the most wins in the 43-year history of the program and the first 20-win campaign in 34 years. That season the Saints recorded 23 victories, while amassing a school-record 12 Great Lakes Valley Conference wins, finishing second behind the eventual Division II national champion in the GLVC Western Division. Maryville also jumped out to the best start in program history for the second year in a row while defeating a nationally-ranked opponent (No. 4 Bellarmine) for the first time in school history. Carroll’s teams also went on to knock off nationally ranked opponents during the 2013-14 & 2014-15 seasons.
During his tenure at Maryville, Carroll’s recruiting efforts resulted in six all-conference performers, including Maryville’s first-ever Division II Bulletin All-Americans, Asa Toney and Nolan Berry. Toney set school records for assists and games started, while Berry later become the school’s only GLVC Player of the Year and First Team All-District performer. All-Conference performer, Trae Pemberton, went on to become Maryville’s first player in the Division II era to sign a professional contract, when he joined the Tralee Warriors of the Ireland Super League.
Academic success was also a mainstay for the program, as the Saints earned the NABC Team Academic Award three times during his tenure.
Carroll came to Maryville after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at the United States Air Force Academy from 2007-2010. While on staff, the Falcons qualified for the Mountain West Conference tournament and advanced as far as the quarterfinals each year. During his tenure, he coached two Mountain West All-Conference selections, three Academic All-Conference honorees and one MWC Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to his time at Air Force, Carroll served as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2006-07. While there, he helped the Chargers to an 18-win season and an appearance in the Gulf South Conference tournament.
Before moving to the college ranks, Carroll served as the head coach of St. Pius X High School in Atlanta, Ga. In three seasons as head coach, he amassed a 49-38 record while rebuilding the program into one of the most successful in the state.
After winning only six games in 2004-05, Carroll's second team improved its win total to 19 games and advanced to the second round of the state tournament. The 2005-06, the Golden Lions set a number of school records, including tying the record for wins in a season while capturing only the second regional championship in the program's 49-year history.
In Carroll's final two seasons at St. Pius X, the Golden Lions defeated ten ranked teams, including AAAA's top-ranked team in the 2006 regional finals.
Carroll was a four-year member of the men's basketball team at Berry College (Rome, GA) where he earned his degree in math education while helping guide the Vikings to three consecutive 20-win seasons. Carroll received the TranSouth Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for his efforts on the court and in the classroom his senior season in 2000. He earned a master's degree in health sciences from the University of Alabama in 2002.
Carroll is a native of Wildwood, GA, and is married to the former Caroline Wright of Franklinton, NC. The Carrolls are parents to two sons, Luke and Levi.