Hampden-Sydney has announced the appointment of Caleb Kimbrough as the school's men's basketball head coach. The head coach at Huntingdon since the 2016-17 season, Kimbrough becomes the 19th head coach in the 109-year history of the storied Hampden-Sydney program. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina, native is no stranger to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, having played four years at Guilford and coached six years with the Quakers and one year at Washington & Lee.
Kimbrough replaces Dee Vick, whose 11-year tenure ended this past season. The Tigers finished 4-19 and did not qualify for the 10-team conference tournament. Hampden-Sydney was 6-20 in 2017-18.
Kimbrough led Huntingdon to a record of 13-13 overall this past season, including 10-8 in the conference, for the program's best record in 10 years. The Hawks were 11-14 during 2017-18, his first full season as head coach. After taking over as head coach of a winless team at Christmas during 2016-17, Kimbrough led the Hawks back into the win column, going 2-13 to complete the campaign. His record over the past two full seasons at the helm for Huntingdon was 24-27 overall.
"As a former player and coach in the ODAC, I have always viewed Hampden-Sydney as a premier academic and athletic institution," said Kimbrough. "My family and I are thrilled to join the Tiger community and to lead such a storied basketball program. I'd like to thank president (Larry) Stimpert and (athletic director) Chad Eisele for this unbelievable opportunity. I would also like to thank all of the other coaches and administrators that made me and my wife, Marlee, feel so welcome throughout the interview process. I look forward to helping lead our young men to success on and off the court. I can't wait to get to work."
Kimbrough served as the associate head coach at Guilford from 2014-16, after four seasons as an assistant coach (2010-14) under veteran head coach Tom Palombo. The Quakers were 103-55 during the six seasons, playing in the ODAC tournament each season, including a semifinal appearance in 2015, finishing 18-9 overall. The program was 19-8 during 2012-13, finishing 17-9 during both 2011-12 and 2013-14, while 16-10 during both 2010-11 and 2015-16. Kimbrough either coached or recruited seven All-ODAC honorees at Guilford.
Kimbrough was an assistant coach at Washington & Lee during 2009-10, helping the Generals to an overall record of 17-10 – at the time, the best record at Washington and Lee since 1988-89. Kimbrough played for the Washington Generals against the Harlem Globetrotters during 2008-09, traveling around the United States and the world for contests vs. the renowned exhibition basketball team.
Kimbrough started a school-record 108 career games at Guilford, helping the team to a four-year record of 75-36, including 48-10 over his final two seasons when the Quakers twice advanced to the NCAA Tournament (2007, 2008). He earned honorable mention All-ODAC honors as a senior, averaging a career-best 7.5 points and 3.9 assists with 27 three-point field goals. For his career, Kimbrough totaled 737 points, 356 assists (fourth all-time), 130 steals (sixth all-time) and 97 three-pointers (14th all-time) as GC played in the ODAC tournament four times, including one championship (2008) along with two semifinals (2005, 2006) and one quarterfinal (2007). The Quakers finished 24-5 during 2006-07 while advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, and were 24-5 during 2007-08, including the ODAC tournament title.
Kimbrough graduated from Guilford in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science. Also an All-ODAC tennis player, he received Guilford's 2008 Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award, the school's highest athletic honor. Kimbrough also won Guilford's Quaker Club Ideal Student-Athlete Award and the Richard Joyce Sportsmanship Award in 2007.