Posted: March 14, 2019

Kevin Cantwell ’67

Basketball – Baseball – Track

Kevin grew up in Queens Village attending Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School. Kevin is one of ten children of Bill and Jeanne Cantwell. Kevin married his wife Cathy in 1974, they have two children, Michaela and Kevin Todd.

During his time at McClancy, Kevin kept busy all year round, competing on the basketball, baseball, and track teams. Basketball was his love and he made a career of teaching the game. While at McClancy, he captained the team for two seasons, was named to the All-Queens team, and was an honorable mention All-New York City selection.

In 2001, Kevin attended Gardner-Webb Junior College. For two seasons, Gardner-Webb was ranked in the top five in the country. He completed his playing career at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. While coaching at Appalachian State, he earned his Masters of the Arts to complete his academic career.

In 2001, Kevin completed a stellar coaching career, which began in 1975 at Appalachian State as an assistant to Bobby Cremins and then as the head coacg at ASU for five seasons. in 1985, he became the Associate Head Coach at Georgia Tech with Bobby Cremins. In his 16 years at Tech, they won the ACC title three times, appeared in 12 post-season tournaments, and in 1991, made it to the Final Four. Kevin was recognized as one of the best recruiters in the nation, continuously getting high school All-Americans like New York standouts Kenny Anderson, and Stephon Marbury, and three times he successfully recruited the number one high school player in the country. He coached in over 800 college games and recruited and coached 21 future NBA players.