Kevin Kuwik, who spent the past seven seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Ohio University, has been named Coordinator of Basketball Operations at Butler. He's taking over the spot vacated by Micah Shrewsberry, who was recently promoted to assistant coach at Butler.
Kuwik brings 13 years of collegiate basketball coaching and administrative experience, which he coordinated around a 10-year military service. He was deployed to Iraq with the 113th Engineer Battalion of the Indiana Army National Guard in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004, and he was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service, the highest award given by the Army. He received an honorable discharge from the military in April of 2006.
"We are thrilled to announce Kevin as our Coordinator of Basketball Operations," said Butler men's basketball head coach Brad Stevens. "Kevin has a tremendous reputation, and his experience in all administrative aspects of college basketball, combined with this work ethic, intelligence and selflessness, made him a great fit for this program."
Kuwik joined the coaching staff at Ohio University in 2001 and helped the Bobcats to a 120-95 record, including a pair of 20-win seasons, and two of postseason tournament appearances during his tenure. He was on leave of absence in 2004-05 to fulfill an 18-month mission as an Army engineer captain, but he returned to the bench to help Ohio win the 2005 MAC Tournament championship and advance to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. He also helped the Bobcats to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational last year.
During his time as an assistant coach at Ohio, Kuwik handled a variety of duties, including monitoring the team's academic progress. Of the 25 seniors who completed their eligibility while he was serving on the Ohio staff, 24 earned a degree. He also successfully recruited four players who went on to receive MAC All-Freshman Team honors.
Kuwik began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers University in 1998. He spent two seasons at Christian Brothers, before taking an assistant coach position at Saint Michael's in 2000. He helped lead Saint Michael's to a 27-4 record, the best in school history, and a berth in the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional Final. Saint Michael's was third in the final 2001 Division II national poll.
A native of New York, Kuwik attended the University of Notre Dame, where he served as a student assistant under men's basketball coach John MacLeod for three seasons, 1993-96. He graduated summa cum laude with a mechanical engineering degree (`96) and was a Distinguished Military Graduate in Notre Dame's Army ROTC program.