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  Kevin Kuwik

Kevin Kuwik

Player Profile

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
Seventh Season

Alma Mater:
Notre Dame '96


Kevin Kuwik is set for his seventh season on the Ohio sidelines after coming to Athens with O'Shea in 2001.

As a Bobcat assistant basketball coach, Kuwik's duties include working with the Bobcats' perimeter players, game preparation and scouting reports. Kuwik also heads up the Bobcats' academic monitoring efforts which have resulted in the graduation of 22 out of 23 seniors who have completed their eligibility during Tim O'Shea's tenure in Athens. Additionally, both current Bobcat seniors are on track to complete requirements for graduation by July, 2008.

Kuwik has coordinated Bobcat recruiting efforts in prior years which resulted in the signing of four MAC All-Freshmen Team selections in the past three years, including 2004-05 MAC Freshman of the Year Leon Williams. He also helped the Bobcats successfully recruit the junior college ranks, which produced former starters Mychal Green and Terren Harbut.

After spending three seasons on Ohio's coaching staff, Kuwik missed the entire 2004-05 regular season when he went on a leave of absence to fulfill an 18-month mission as an Army engineer captain. Kuwik was activated from the Army's Individual Ready Reserve in October of 2004. After two months of train-up, Kuwik deployed to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 113th Engineer Battalion of the Indiana Army National Guard. He spent just under one year in Iraq serving as the Battle Captain for the 113th, during which time the unit helped Iraq conduct the first two democratic elections in their history. Kuwik received honorable discharge in April 2006 and was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service in Iraq, the highest award for merit given by the Army. His discharge marked the end of ten years of military service, including two years as an engineer platoon leader at Fort Lewis, Washington, two years with the Arkansas Army National Guard, and two years with the Ohio Army Reserve.

During his active military service, Kuwik used his leave to rejoin the team on the sidelines for the Bobcats' 2005 MAC Tournament victory and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Kuwik, 33, joined the Bobcats after one season working for Tim O'Shea's brother, Tom, at Saint Michael's College in Vermont. He helped the Purple Knights to a 27-4 record, the best in school history, and the conference regular season and tournament titles. They finished third in the final national rankings for Division II, advancing to the NCAA Northeast Regional Final.

Kuwik began his coaching career in 1998 as an assistant at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. During his stay, the Buccaneers improved from 3-22 his first season to 12-14 the next (only their fourth season in Division II). The eight-and-a-half game improvement rated as one of the ten best turnarounds in the NCAA that year.

Originally from Lackawanna, N.Y., Kuwik served three seasons as a student assistant at Notre Dame under former NBA coach John MacLeod.

Kuwik also boasts extensive experience on the summer camp circuit, having worked camps at Duke, Notre Dame, Illinois and Xavier.

Kuwik graduated summa cum laude with a mechanical engineering degree, was a Distinguished Military Graduate in Notre Dame's Army ROTC program, and served as senior class president.