ESPN: NC State reaches agreement with UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts

Kevin Keatts ( photo)

NC State has reached an agreement to hire UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts to replace Mark Gottfried as men's basketball coach, sources told ESPN.

Sources said Keatts, who has led the Seahawks to the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, was interviewed Friday and has verbally accepted the job. UNC Wilmington lost to Virginia in the first round Thursday afternoon.

Prior to taking the job at UNC Wilmington, Keatts was an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2011 to 2014. He was the head coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia from 2003 to 2011 before being hired by Pitino.

Keatts' career mark in three seasons at UNC Wilmington is 72-28.

He will replace Gottfried, who was fired after six seasons in Raleigh. Gottfried took the Wolfpack to the NCAA tournament in each of his first four seasons, but the program failed to live up to expectations the past two years and finished 13th in the ACC each season.