After a 24 year stint as a basketball coach, Kevin Lehman took a seat on the other side of the court as a college basketball analyst. Lehman is entering his third year on the talent team with the American Sports Network and his 15th season as an analyst. Kevin continues to work for ESPN Networks, CBS Sports Network, the Big 12 Network, FOX Sports Midwest and Mediacom Cable and is entering his sixthh season with the Missouri Valley Conference Network. Lehman also hosts a Sunday night show on FOX Sports on KFXA-TV (Cedar Rapids) and is a weekly guest on numerous radio sports talk shows. From 2006-2011, he served as the television analyst for the Iowa State Cyclones and is currently the analyst for Northern Iowa’s Panther Television Network. Kevin’s busy schedule included calling over 40 basketball games last season.
Lehman’s broadcasting highlight was calling the USA Men’s & Women’s gold medal victories at the 2015 World University Games held in Gwangju, South Korea, on ESPN.
A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Kevin grew up on a farm in a competitive sports family that includes nine siblings, eight of which are boys. Pick-up games were common in the family barn during bad weather or on the hoop on the adjacent machine shed during good weather. Baseball and football games were also a regular event with family and friends on the farm’s large backyard after the farm work was completed. Five of the siblings went on to play college basketball. Today Kevin enjoys golfing, boating & biking and visiting his three sons, Austin (32), and twins Calvin and Grant (30), two of who reside and work in the southwestern United States. In the off-season, Lehman focuses on his company, K L Enterprises, specializing in real estate investment and property management in the Iowa City area.
In 1986, after coaching in Iowa High Schools for nine seasons, Kevin was hired by Eldon Miller at the University of Northern Iowa to start the rebuilding era for the Panthers. UNI made its first trip to the “Big Dance” in 1990. The 14th seeded Panthers went on to upset No. 3 seed Missouri. As the recruiting coordinator for UNI, Lehman recruited 10 of the top 20 scorers in UNI history at that time, the Panther’s all-time leading scorer and UNI’s all-time assist leader. Lehman left UNI to become head coach of the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1995-2001. At UNO, his rebuilding efforts produced the Maverick’s first back to back winning season in a decade. He was third on the Maverick’s career win list when he left the program in 2001. Kevin also showed an eye for recognizing coaching talent. Five of his UNO assistants went on to head coaching positions, three are currently at the helm of Division I programs and a fourth is now the top assistant for the Oklahoma Sooners.
In 2011, Lehman was inducted into the University of Northern Iowa’s Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Regina High School Hall of Fame in 2008. He holds an Associate Emeritus status as a 30 year member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Besides college basketball, Lehman holds a strong passion for the NABC’s “Coaches vs Cancer” initiative and is determined to defeat the dreaded disease. He has served as the media relations committee chair and committee member, respectively, for the American Cancer Society’s “Iowa Hoops for Hope” and “Dancing for the Stars” galas for many years.
Lehman holds a BA degree in Psychology from Wartburg College, a teaching certificate from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Drake University.
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