Kevin Byrne starts his fourth season at MIT with the new title of Associate Head Basketball Coach. During Byrne's stint with the Engineers, the team set the school record for wins, earned its first NEWMAC championship, and made the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history. Byrne assists with all aspects of the program including recruiting, player development, practice planning, and scouting.
Prior to coming to MIT, Byrne was the Assistant Coach at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. During Byrne's eight year tenure as Assistant Coach, the team set the school record for wins with 19 (2004-05 season) and experienced the first 20 win season and first ever UAA championship, as well as the second ever trip to the NCAA Tournament ( 2005-06 season). The 2007-08 team also won 19 games and earned the first post-season championship in school history, earning the ECAC South Regional Championship. The Carnegie Mellon coaches were named the Coaching Staff of the Year in the UAA in both 2004-05 and 2005-06.
Byrne also spent one season at Marietta College (Ohio). During this season he helped guide the Pioneers to a 17-8 record, which remains the best single season record in the past half century for the Marietta basketball program.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Byrne enjoyed a three year professional career playing in England and Ireland. Prior to this he played at Carnegie Mellon where he graduated as the third all-time leading scorer and fifth all-time leading rebounder. Byrne's graduating class graduated with the most wins of any graduating class in Carnegie Mellon history.
Byrne originally hails from Akron, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Psychology, which he earned from Duquesne University.