2017 Glenn Robinson NCAA DIII National Coach of the Year
The 2017-2018 season was the 4th of Kevin App’s tenure as Head Coach at Williams College, winning 76 games in that span. This past season, the Ephs finished as the 2018 NESCAC CHAMPIONS and made it to the 2nd round of the DIII NCAA Tournament. Prior to this year, App helped guide the Ephs to the 2017 DIII FINAL FOUR, the 8th trip to the Final Four in program history.
With Coach App as the head coach, the Ephs have had 1 NESCAC Player of the Year, 6 All-NESCAC performers, 3 All-Region honorees, and 1 Academic All-American.
Before taking the reins of the Williams program, App was an assistant at the United States Military Academy under Army head men's basketball coach Zach Spiker. App played a key role in the Black Knights posting their first winning record in 28 years and winning eight Patriot League games for the first time (2012-13). That team also set records for points scored, assists, and blocked shots.
App played at Cornell from 2004-07, the final three years while Zach Spiker was on the Big Red coaching staff. The Silver Spring, Md., native was voted the winner of the 2007 Rebounder's Club Award by his Cornell teammates. The honor recognized his hard work and leadership over his four seasons. App served as one of the Big Red's tri-captains during his senior campaign.
App began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant to Mike Maker at Williams College in 2008-09. He helped the Ephs to a 17-9 record and its first outright "Little Three" (Williams, Amherst College and Wesleyan University) championship since 1996. He was instrumental in recruiting some of the key players that took 2010 Basketball Times Co-National Coach of the Year Mike Maker's squad to the 2010 Division III national championship game.
App joined the Cornell coaching staff in October 2009 and helped the Big Red to its most successful season ever. Cornell won its third straight Ivy League championship and won two games in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Big Red became the first Ivy League squad to advance to the Sweet 16 in 31 years with wins over fifth-seeded Temple and fourth-seeded Wisconsin. The Big Red set a conference record with 29 wins and finished the season ranked 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, the program's first national ranking in 59 years.
In App's one year in Ithaca, Cornell set an Ivy League record for three-pointers in a season (326) and set single-season school records for points (2,545), field goals (913), assists (543) and blocked shots (127).
App earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and worked as an engineer in the construction business before embarking on his coaching career.