Blankenship’s Head Coaching Career off to a Great Start
April 02, 2013
Kyle Blankenship, LSUS Head Men's Basketball Coach, has been named a finalist for NAIA National Coach of the Year. In his first season as a head coach, Blankenship led the Pilots to an overall record of 27 - 7, with the team qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament for the ninth consecutive season.
A former Pilots player, Blankenship succeeded his former coach, Chad McDowell, who was elevated to the position of Director of Athletics, when he was appointed Head Coach in June 2012. Faced with replacing seven departing seniors, Blankenship managed to recruit a number of exceptional transfer players to go along with the core of returning Pilots. Blankenship's squad showed consistent improvement throughout the season and managed an at-large bid to the National Tournament. Given little chance by the experts, LSUS certainly peaked at the right time of the year, advancing to the "Fab Four" and a national semifinal game versus Georgetown (KY) College, losing that contest by two points to the eventual NAIA National Champion.
Recognized by the NAIA as a finalist for its Coach of the Year honor, Coach Blankenship has continued the tradition of excellence established by Coach McDowell's teams. The 2012-13 version of the Pilots, in fact, went deeper into the Tournament than had any of its predecessors. While Coach Blankenship has set a standard for himself which will be a challenge to duplicate, the future for Kyle and his teams looks rosy indeed. Congratulations to the Pilots, to Coach Blankenship and to assistant coaches Chris Francis and Derrick Greene. We salute your accomplishments and look forward to next season and beyond.
For the national release, visit http://www.donmeyeraward.com/