Jeff Kidder Joins Red Raider Coaching Staff|
Jeff Kidder has compiled 432 wins and won the 2002 NJCAA national title.
"We are extremely proud to have Jeff as a part of our staff," said Gillispie. "He is a total professional, who has experienced a great deal of success at all levels. He is an outstanding coach, who can recruit and most importantly, he makes a difference in the lives of young people."
Kidder joins the staff after serving the past six years as head coach at Indian Hills Community College, where he compiled a 165-39 record at the helm.
"I have known coach Gillispie for a long time and the opportunity to work for him during his first year at Texas Tech makes it exciting," said Kidder. "I think we will put a product on the floor that everyone will be proud of. It is an exciting time for Red Raider Basketball.
"Coach Gillispie is recognized as one of the most highly successful coaches in the country and we have a tremendous opportunity to build something special here at Texas Tech."
Kidder has a career record of 432-109 in 16 years as a junior college head coach at Howard College (1991-93), Dixie State College (1997-05) and Indian Hills Community College (2006-11). He has won 20 or more games in 15 of 16 seasons as a head coach and eclipsed the 30-win plateau five times.
A native of Kentucky, Kidder led Dixie State College to the 2002 NJCAA national title after going 34-3 that season. As a result, Kidder was named the NJCAA Division I National Coach of the Year and Coach of the Tournament.
He has been the NJCAA Region 11 Coach of the Year three times, the Scenic West Conference Coach of the Year four times, as well as the NJCAA Region 18 Coach of the Year on four occasions. Along with his national coach of the year award in 2002, he was named the Top Junior College Coach in the country by Basketball Times in 2004.
Kidder began his coaching career as an assistant at West Texas A&M University in 1990, where he helped lead the Buffaloes to the Lone Star Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. After one season at West Texas A&M, he was named the head coach at Howard College. He recorded a 48-13 record in two seasons at Howard College before serving as an assistant at the University of Nevada under Pat Foster for four seasons, culminating in the Wolf Pack winning the 1997 Big West Conference regular season title with a trip to the NIT.
He began his second stint as a junior college head coach at Dixie State College in 1997. He coached the Rebels to third place finishes in the nation during the 2000-01 and 2002-03 seasons and to a sixth-place national finish in 1998-99. His overall record at Dixie State was 218-57. Seventy-three of those wins came in the form of an unprecedented home win streak between January, 2000 and January, 2004.
Kidder coached six seasons at Indian Hills and reached the NJCAA Division I National Tournament twice during his tenure. His Warriors advanced to the national tournament in his second season with the Warriors after a 33-3 campaign. The following season, Kidder took the Warriors back to the national tournament, where Indian Hills finished sixth after going 28-10 on the season.
Kidder earned a bachelor's of arts degree in secondary education from the University of Kentucky, where he was a student assistant with the Wildcats under legendary coach Eddie Sutton. He and his wife, Monica, have two children, daughter, Bailey, and son, Jacob.