CONWAY, SC – With more than 20 years of coaching experience, more than 400 career victories, 15 trips to the NCAA post-season tournament and college-level administrative experience, Kevin Pederson has been named Coastal Carolina’s women’s basketball head coach. He becomes the seventh head coach of women’s basketball in Coastal Carolina’s history.
The inaugural press conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at. 13:00 ET in HTC Center and will be broadcast live on ESPN +.
“We are delighted to welcome Kevin and his family to Teal Nation! Throughout this process, his qualifications, success and references continued to impress, and his seasoned head coach experience with nearly 450 wins and 21 seasons certainly stood out. We look forward to get to work and write the next chapter of Chanticleer Women’s Basketball, “said Matt Hogue, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and University Recreation. Pederson led Lander University to unprecedented success during his 17 years (2005-22) in Greenwood, SC , as he guided the Bearcats to an overall record of 356-160 driven by 13 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament appearances, including the last eight straight seasons.
Most recently, Pederson led the Bearcats to an overall record of 24-5, a record of 15-3 Peach Belt Conference and advanced to the 2022 NCAA Division II Championship Regional Finals.
Pederson owns an impressive 0.699 (444-191) winning percentage through 21 seasons as an intercollegiate head of women’s basketball coach, and all of those 444 career victories come from the South Carolina institutions of Lander (356-160) and Anderson University (88-31).
All-time winner leads Lander women’s basketball and conference winner leader in women’s basketball at the Peach Belt Conference, Pederson led the Bearcats to two NCAA DII Region Championships (2011-12 and 2020-21), four Peach Belt regular season championships (2007- 08, 2009-10, 2019-20 and 2020-21), two Peach Belt Conference Divisional Championships (2015-16 and 2016-17) and four Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championships (2007-08-9008), 2015-16 and 2019 -20).
During his four years as head coach at Anderson (2002-05), he led the Trojans to a Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) regular season championship in 2004-05 and back-to-back tournament championships in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Pederson, a three-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBC) Region Coach of the Year (2009-10, 2019-20 and 2020-21) and three-time Conference Coach of the Year (2004-05, 2009-10, and 2020-21 ), has recorded 15 seasons with 20 wins, including eight seasons with over 25 wins, and was the first coach in the state of South Carolina to lead a team to three straight NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances.
He has recorded a career record of 20-14 in the NCAA DII Championship Tournament, where he has made 15 appearances in 21 seasons. He has taken his teams to seven Sweet 16 appearances (2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2018-19, 2020-21 and 2021-22), played two Elite 8 matches (2011- 12) and 2020-21), and reached a Final 4 (2020-21).
His team has finished in the NCAA DII Top 25 national rankings eight times, including his most recent 2021-22 Lander squad that completed the season ranked No. 10 in the NCAA DII Top 25 Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the D2SIDA Final WBB Poll.
During his career, he recruited and coached 2011 WBCA Division II Player of the Year Shannon McKeever, NCAA Division II All-Time Leading Scorer in Lashonda Chiles, and mentored at least one Division II All-American for 10 different seasons.
Pederson has also coached 44 all-conference players, eight Conference players of the year, three Conference defensive players of the year, four Conference freshman of the year, and one Conference female athlete of the year. While at Lander, he also coached two Peach Belt Conference Elite 16 Award winners in Cierra Revell (2021) and Sarah Crews (2022), as well as eight winners of the Lander Female Athlete of the Year Award.
In the classroom, Pederson’s teams have averaged 3.3 teams or better over the past three seasons. Makaila Cange was named a 2022 CoSIDA Academic All-American last season.
In addition to serving as Lander’s women’s basketball coach for women, Pederson has served as associate athletic director since 2016, overseeing the entire athletics department’s budget and individual sports team accounts. Pederson started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Anderson College (SC) from 1999 to 2005. He also served as head coach of the men’s team from 2000 to 2002, before taking over the reins for the women. basketball program in January 2002, first on a temporary basis and then full-time.
Pederson, who lives in Fairfax, Va., Worked five seasons for Clemson University men’s basketball program as a student leader from 1994 to 1999 under Rick Barnes and Larry Shyatt before joining Anderson College in 2001.
He took a bachelor’s degree from Clemson and a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy.
Pederson is married to former Adair Clary of Gaffney, SC, who received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Clemson. They have two children, Conner and Clary.
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