As Kristi Kincaid begins her 4th year at the helm of the Bears’ Women’s Basketball program, she also nears the end of her second decade of college basketball experience. Her charges should listen intently when Kincaid talks about how to excel your way to a major title, since she’s been a part of national championship teams as both a player and a coach. Like many women’s basketball coaches-past and present in the ACCAC, she got her first taste of winning college basketball at the home of the winningest women’s juco basketball coach: Central Arizona College under Lin Laursen. The future NJCAA Hall of Famer gave Kincaid her start both as a college player and coach, and Kincaid won an NJCAA National Championship as a sophomore on the court, then as Laursen’s assistant coach a few years later. Kincaid then used that coaching jewel to get her first taste of four-year coaching for one year at the University of California-Riverside, followed by five years at the University of Nevada in Reno. Kincaid then took a few years off to work in the private sector in the Phoenix area, but when former CAC teammate Samantha Ezell offered Kincaid an associate head coaching position at PC in 2009, ‘KK’ jumped at the chance to resume her coaching career. Kincaid spent a year at Ezell’s side before getting her first chance to be a head coach when Ezell ascended to the Bears’ Athletic Director position. Since then, Kincaid has led the Bears to a pair of Region I Playoff appearances in 3 years, and has coached a pair of NJCAA All-Americans (Francesca Nimes in 2010-11, Antoinette Miller last season). One of the main sources of pride for Kincaid, though, is that all 3 of her Bears’ teams have been named NJCAA Academic All-American teams for having a cumulative grade point average over 3.0.
As a player, Kincaid followed up her two-year national title at CAC with an NAIA National Championship at Northern Montana State University. She’s also in the history books as the only player in women’s college basketball history to earn national titles at two schools while being named the Most Valuable Player of each national tournament at the same time. Kincaid earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies from Northern Arizona University, and also has an Associate of Science degree from Central Arizona. When not engrossed in basketball, Kincaid dotes on her 11-year-old daughter, Gabbi.