Kevin App was named the 12th head coach in Williams College men's basketball history on Saturday, July 19.
For the past four seasons, App was an assistant at the United States Military Academy under Army head men's basketball coach Zach Spiker. App played a key role in the Black Knights posting their first winning record in 28 years and winning eight Patriot League games for the first time in the 2012-13 season. That team also set records for points scored, assists and blocked shots.
App played at Cornell from 2004-07, the final three years with Spiker on the Big Red coaching staff. The Silver Spring, Md., native was voted the winner of the 2007 Rebounder's Club Award by his teammates. The honor recognized his hard work and leadership over his four seasons. App served as one of the Big Red's tri-captains during his senior campaign. Over his four years, App played in 45 career games and made one start.
App began his collegiate coaching career at Williams College in 2008-09. He helped the Ephs to a 17-9 record and its first outright "Little Three" (Williams, Amherst College and Wesleyan University) championship since 1996. He was instrumental in recruiting some of the key players that took 2010 Basketball Times Co-National Coach of the Year Mike Maker's squad to the 2010 Division III national championship game.
App joined the Cornell coaching staff in October 2009 and helped
the Big Red to its most successful season ever. Cornell won its
third straight Ivy League championship and won two games in the
2010 NCAA Tournament. The Big Red became the first Ivy League squad
to advance to the Sweet 16 in 31 years with wins over fifth-seeded
Temple and fourth-seeded Wisconsin. The Big Red set a conference
record with 29 wins and finished the season ranked 17th in the
ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, the program's first national ranking
in 59 years.
In App's one year in Ithaca, Cornell set an Ivy League record for three-pointers in a season (326) and set single-season school records for points (2,545), field goals (913), assists (543) and blocked shots (127). The Big Red opened the season with a win at Alabama, the program's first victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent since 1972, and later defeated St. John's, their first win over a Big East foe since 1969.
In addition to his work on the sideline, App has worked numbers camps, including clinics at both Cornell and West Virginia.
App earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and worked as an engineer in the construction business before embarking on his coaching career.