WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University's Kevin Kovacs was recently selected to lead the U20 USA Deaf Men's Basketball team at the 2017 Americas Deaf Basketball Championships (Pan Am Games) and the U21 USA Deaf Men's Basketball team at the 2018 World Deaf Basketball Championships, as announced by USA Deaf Sports Federation and USA Deaf Basketball.
The Pan Am Games will be held in Chuquisaca, Bolivia, Oct. 7-15 and the World Championships will be held in Washington, D.C., July 6-14, 2018.
Approximately nine different countries will compete for gold at the Pan Am Games.
Kovacs will be entering his third season as Gallaudet's men's basketball head coach and is coming off an extremely successful 2016-17 season as he led the Bison to a regular-season conference championship before they fell in the semifinal round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament.
This is Kovacs' first time as head coach of a USA Deaf men's basketball team. In 2015, Kovacs was an assistant coach on the USA Deaf men's basketball team that earned a silver medal at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships held in Taoyuan, Taiwan.
"It is truly a great honor to be able to work with a great group of young men to represent the USA in Bolivia and in our nations capital next summer," said Kovacs.
It is estimated that the team will have several practice days in Washington, D.C., before they depart to Bolivia to compete in the Pan Am Games.
Kovacs has posted an overall record of 38-14 and went 32-6 in NEAC play in his first two seasons as head coach of the Gallaudet University men's basketball team. The Bison set a program record for wins (20) and conference wins (18) in a season last year.
Prior to coaching at Gallaudet, Kovacs worked at California School for the Deaf-Fremont where he was Athletic Director for eight years (2007-15) and served as the boys' basketball head coach for two seasons. He was named Coach of the Year after California School for the Deaf-Fremont won the North Coast section title in 2014.