Kovacs was named Gallaudet's men's basketball head coach on July 15, 2015. He enters his second season leading the men's basketball program after leading the team to an 18-8 record last season and a 14-4 mark in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). The 18 wins and 14 conference wins tied a program record.
Kovacs arrives to Gallaudet from California School for the Deaf-Fremont where he was Athletic Director for eight years (2007-15) and served as the boys’ basketball head coach the past two seasons. He was named Coach of the Year after California School for the Deaf-Fremont won the North Coast section title in 2014.
"It is a tremendous honor to come back to a wonderful place like Gallaudet University and lead the men’s basketball program. I truly am excited about the opportunity to work with the student-athletes and help them chase their dreams and goals," said Kovacs.
Recently, he served as an assistant coach on the USA Deaf Basketball men’s team that earned a silver medal at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan, held from July 4-12. There he had a chance to coach and interact with current and former Bison student-athletes.
Kovacs inherits a Gallaudet men’s basketball team coming off its best season in school history where the Bison set a school record for wins (18), conference wins (14) and broke a 98-year-old school mark for consecutive wins with 10. The Bison went 18-7 and advanced to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) quarterfinals. Kovacs takes over for former head coach Brendan Stern, who stepped down after three seasons to accept a full-time tenure-track position at Gallaudet.
Kovacs graduated from Gallaudet in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in government and secondary education. Two years later, he earned his master’s in deaf education. As an undergraduate he played one season for the Gallaudet men’s basketball team in 1994-95. He served as a Gallaudet men’s basketball assistant coach for two seasons (1995-97).
"It means a lot to come back to the University that I love and once played and coached for," said Kovacs. "Gallaudet is certainly a one of a kind that no other University in the world can match. If it were not for my experiences at Gallaudet University as a student-athlete, I can promise that I would not be here today."
Prior to working at California School for the Deaf-Fremont, Kovacs worked as an elementary teacher and after school coordinator at the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, Minn., from 1997-2007. He worked as a high school social studies teacher and athletic director at Metro Deaf School during 2006-07. Kovacs has also coached boys’ and girls’ basketball at various levels (elementary, middle, high school) from 1997 to present.
Kovacs is married to Estella Bustamante, who graduated from Gallaudet in 1991, and they have two children (Esteban and Estelina). The Kovacs family has quite the legacy at Gallaudet as Kevin’s brothers Jon '99 and Ty '00 and sister Dyan ’98 along with their mother, Susan Kovacs-Bahl '97, attended and graduated from GU. Dyan Kovacs is a member of the Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Fame as she was inducted in 2014 for her outstanding women’s volleyball career.
COACH Kovacs RECORD AT GALLAUDET
|2015-16||18-8||14-4||Tied program record for wins and conference wins, NEAC Tournament Semifinals.
three All-NEAC honors, two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
|2016-17||20-6||18-2||Most wins and conference wins in school history, NEAC Tournament Semifinals,
four All-NEAC honorees, NEAC Coach of the Year
|2017-18||9-17||8-8||NEAC Tournament Quarterfinalists, two All-NEAC honorees|
Kovacs in The News
- 05/09/17 USA Deaf Basketball selects GU's Kevin Kovacs to lead men's U20/U21 teams
- 02/23/17 Four Bison earn All-NEAC men's basketball honors, Kovacs named Coach of the Year
- 02/23/17 NEAC selects 2016-17 Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams and Annual Award Winners (NEACsports.com)
- 01/11/17 Gallaudet coach Kevin Kovacs on Hoopsville this Thursday night
- 07/07/16 Gallaudet student-athletes and alumni lead Team USA to gold in Pan American Basketball Tournament
- 06/30/16 Current and former Bison to represent Team USA in Pan American Basketball Tournament
- 12/08/15 Gallaudet men's basketball picks up first win of the Coach Kovacs era
- 07/15/15 Kovacs returns to Gallaudet to lead men's basketball program