Matt Kingsley, who will begin his 11th season as a member of James Jones’ staff in 2015-16, was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2013.
During Kingsley’s tenure, the Bulldogs have a .584 winning percentage in Ivy League games, won the League title in 2014-15, have finished in the top three in the final standings six times and reached the postseason twice, including advancing to the the championship game of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Kingsley works primarily with the guards, and a number of his pupils have had great success. Javier Duren '15 earned first team All-Ivy recognition as a senior and finished his career eighth all-time at Yale with 314 career assists. Austin Morgan ’13 graduated as Yale’s all-time leader in free throw percentage (.859), and is third all-time with 199 career three-pointers. Reggie Willhite '12 is the school's single-season steals leader and was the 2012 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Alex Zampier '10 is Yale's all-time leader with 167 career steals and is in the top 10 in career free throw percentage (4th, .816) and career three-pointers (8th, 135). Zampier was drafted by the New Mexico Thunderbirds in the 2010 NBA Development League. Eric Flato ‘08 graduated second all-time at Yale in three-point field goals made (213) and 13th in school history in scoring (1,193 points).
The future looks bright for the Bulldogs as well. Yale, which shared the 2015 Ivy League title, returns the league's Player of the Year and a number of key parts that helped the Bulldogs to 22 overall wins, the most at Yale since 1948-49.
Prior to coming to Yale, Kingsley was the associate head coach at Eastern Connecticut. During his tenure at Eastern, Kingsley helped the team improve from 7-19 in 2003 to 14-12 in 2004, including a school record eight conference wins. At Eastern, Kingsley worked under head coach Bill Geitner, who has guided the Warriors to a Little East Conference Championship and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
Prior to serving at Eastern Connecticut, Kingsley was a post graduate men's basketball coach at Saint Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., where he worked for legendary head coach Jere Quinn. In 2001, he helped coach the team to a 31-3 record and the New England Prep School Class A Championship. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Clarkson University where the team had the second most wins in school history and earned the first post-season berth in school history.
Kingsley is a 1998 graduate of Wesleyan University where he was a standout for the basketball team. His 191 three-pointers still ranks first all time in school history and his 1,176 points was second all-time when he graduated and currently stands fourth all time. He also served as a team captain.