Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Coach Kevin Baggett
Kevin Baggett returns for his second season as the Rider University head basketball coach with a big act to follow.
In his first year as head coach, ‘Baggs' was a finalist for two different National Coach of the Year Awards, the Ben Jobe Award and the Joe B. Hall Award.
Baggett took a team with just two returning starters and six total letterwinners that was picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2013 and finished in second place.
He guided the 2012-13 Broncs to a 19-win season, the most by a Rider rookie head coach since Bob Greenwood led Rider to a 20-win season in 1962-63. The only other Rider basketball coach to compile 19 wins in his rookie campaign was the legendary Clair Bee.
Baggett was named the Rider men’s basketball head coach at a standing room only press conference on May 24, 2012.
“This was a popular decision,” Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum said at that time. “It was also a convenient decision, but let me make it very clear, this was not a hire of convenience. This was a hire because I firmly believe and am very confident that Kevin is the right person to lead this program in the future.”
With an emphasis on defense, Baggett’s Broncs led the MAAC in three-point field goal percentage defense and was second in overall field goal percentage defense, third in blocks and fourth in points allowed.
The 2013-14 season is the eighth for Baggett as a member of the Rider staff, serving two as an assistant coach and four as an associate head coach.
Baggett has coached on the Division I level for 17 years and has been on the Rider staff since the 2006-07 season.
Baggett hails from Burlington, NJ and was a 2006 inductee into the South Jersey Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Saint Joseph’s 1985-86 basketball team that compiled a 26-6 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Saint Joseph's in June, 1989.
Baggett came to Rider from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he served as assistant coach from 2004-06. At UMBC Baggett recruited an America East All-Rookie Team member who went on to earn First Team All-Conference honors three times, as well as a pair of transfers from the Colonial Athletic Association who went on to earn All-America East honors.
Baggett has also served as an assistant coach at James Madison, Howard, Western Kentucky and Coastal Carolina.
Since joining the MAAC in 1998, Rider has compiled a record of 163-125 in conference games. Only conference members Iona and Siena have better all-time winning percentages in MAAC games.
Over the last seven seasons, Rider’s 130 wins is the most in the Metropolitan New York/New Jersey area, and the third most in the MAAC.