Kyle BlankenshipAssistant Coach
Alma Mater: University of Tulsa '06
Office Phone: 918-343-7678
Kyle Blankenship enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Hillcat Men’s Basketball team.
In his first season on the Hill, Blankenship helped RSU to a NAIA Final Eight appearance as the Cats reached the 20 win plateau for the fourth consecutive year.
Blankenship comes to Rogers State after coaching one season at Lamar State College – Port Arthur. In his lone year as an assistant, Blankenship helped guide the Seahawks to a record-breaking season, including a school-record 20 wins and a second place finish in the South Division of the Texas Eastern Conference (Region XIV).
Blankenship is no stranger to NAIA Division I basketball. Prior to working at LSC-PA he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at perennial powerhouse Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Blankenship also played one season at LSUS, finishing his playing career in 2006 for the Pilots. As a player and coach Blankenship helped the Pilots to a 109-27 overall record, two regular season Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) titles, four consecutive GCAC Tournament championships (2006-2009) and four straight NAIA National Tournament appearances (2006-2009).
Blankenship guided the Pilots offense to a record-breaking season and a No. 1 national ranking in his final season as a player in 2005-06. He finished his career at LSUS as the school’s single-season assists leader (199) and single-game assists record holder (14), while leading the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio.
Blankenship began his playing career at The University of Tulsa in 2001 where he was a team captain, three-year letter winner and a member of two Western Athletic Conference championship teams that made two consecutive appearances in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (2002 and 2003).
Blankenship earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from The University of Tulsa in 2006. He is the grandson and nephew of two Hall of Fame Coaches in the State of Oklahoma, Gerald and Bill Blankenship.