BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Men's Basketball head coach George Pitts has announced the hiring of Jeremy Yates as an interim assistant coach and the elevation of Assistant Coach Nick Pasqua to the title of associate head coach. Yates will begin his duties with the Tornado this week and the alteration to Pasqua's title is effective immediately.
Yates is a graduate of Sullivan Central High School where he received several awards such as the Distinguished Athlete Award and All-Conference Honorable Mention while being named a Christian Athlete All-American and Wendy's High School Heisman Award nominee.
Following his high school career he continued his education at East Tennessee State University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance and began his coaching career at the middle and high school levels. After serving as the boys' basketball traveling team coach at Ketron Middle School for the 2004-05 season, he made a major step in improving the middle, junior varsity, and varsity programs at Tri-Cities Christian schools from 2005-2010. In four years as the head coach of the boys' varsity basketball coach at Tri-Cities Christian High School, he held a 72-34 overall record and a 39-9 record in the TACS. In that time his teams earned three district championships, two regional championships, and one TACS state championship.
Yates was with King as an intern assistant coach at both the junior varsity and varsity levels in 2010-11. In that season, the Tornado went 18-15 overall in their final year as a NCAA Division II provisional member and went on to win a NCCAA regional championship.
He was most recently with Milligan College as an assistant on the 2011-12 men's basketball staff. Last year the Buffaloes lost to King by a three-point margin, 63-60, in Bristol.
Yates will serve as an interim assistant coach with the Tornado for 2012-13. The announcement comes after the departure of Damon Johnson, who accepted a position at ETSU.
In addition to the hiring of Yates, Head Coach George Pitts announced the elevation of Assistant Coach Nick Pasqua to the status of associate head coach. The change is effective immediately.
"I feel Nick needs to be rewarded for his commitment to KC and for his outstanding coaching in the last four seasons," said Pitts.
Pasqua is entering his fifth season with the Tornado men's program and is also the head coach of the King junior varsity men's team. He was a part of a Tornado men's basketball team that featured two All-Conference selections, one All-Region player, won the 2011-12 Conference Carolinas regular season championship and earned an at-large bid to last year's NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Alcoa, Tenn. native played his collegiate basketball from 2004-08 with his final two seasons under current King head coach, George Pitts. In two seasons under Pitts, his teams compiled a 49-19 record. Pasqua was a four-year starter, was a part of the two AAC tournament championship teams including the 2007-08 AAC regular season championship team. He was selected to the AAC First Team, AAC All-Defensive Team, and AAC All-Academic Team after his senior season. Pasqua scored 1,300 points and dished out 500 assists during his Tornado career.
King will start official practice on Monday, October 15 and play in their first exhibition contest of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 30 against Virginia Intermont College at the Cobra's Den (Bristol, Va.). Tipoff for the contest is set for 7 p.m.