Matt Kingsley, who will begin his 10th season as a member of James Jones’ staff in 2014-15, was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2013.
During Kingsley’s tenure, the Bulldogs have a .571 winning percentage in Ivy League games, have finished in the top three in the final standings five 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. A number of his pupils have had great success. 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). 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. Reggie Willhite '12 is the school's single-season steals leader and was the 2012 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, and 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.
The future looks bright for the Bulldogs. Yale, which finished second in a highly competitive Ivy League last year, returns seven of its top eight scorers from a year agowhen the Bulldogs won 19 games with a roster made up predominantly of underclassmen.
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.