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UTEP Men’s Basketball Staff welcomes El Paso Native Kevin Kaerwer

UTEP Head Coach Joe Golding announced the addition of Kevin Kaerwer on Wednesday. Kaerwer will serve as the Director of Player Development. Last season, he was an assistant coach at New Mexico Junior College.

Kaerwer returns to the Sun City after graduating from Chapin High School in 2010.

“I’m definitely excited to get back to El Paso to work for a program I grew up watching my while life,” Kaerwer said. “I also get to work for Coach Golding and a staff that I have a ton of respect for.”

Kaerwer will replace Khristian Smith who recently accepted a coaching position at Ball State.

“We’re excited to get Kevin on board,” Golding said. “He’s a hard worker and this program will benefit from it. Kevin’s also from El Paso and grew up watching Miner ball. He comes from a great circle of coaches that I have a lot of respect for. He was a graduate assistant for Chris Beard, was an assistant coach for Cinco Boone and most recently an assistant for Mark Adam’s son, Luke. He’s learned from some great basketball minds at an early age and I look forward to him sharing what he’s learned from all three with us here at UTEP.”

Kaerwer started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Angelo State from 2014-2016. He worked under then-head coach Chris Beard during the 2014-15 season. Overall during Kaerwer’s two seasons, the Rams went 53-12, while making a pair of NCAA DII Sweet 16 appearances.

Angelo State promoted Kaerwer to an assistant coach where he held the position from 2016 thru 2020.

Kaerwer played collegiately at Central College in Pella, Iowa, for four years (2010-2014). He was selected as the team captain for his senior season (2013-14), and was a three-year varsity letterwinner. He earned 2013-14 first team All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) honors, while helping to lead Central College to regular season and conference tournament championships.

Kaerwer was also the recipient of the “Hustle” award in 2013.

Kaerwer, following graduation from Chapin, was a camp coach at the Nolan Richardson Youth Camp in the Summer 2010. He was also a camp coach (two-ball ball-handling) at “Basketball in the Barrio” for three summers (2009, 2010, 2011).

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