Harvey Kitani from Rolling Hills Preparatory School in California will serve in his second USA Basketball stint as a court coach for the 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team Training Camp. Previously, he served as a court coach during the 2017 USA Men’s U16 National Team Training Camp.
In two seasons at the helm of Rolling Hills Prep (2016-17 to present), Kitani owns a 51-9 mark (.850 winning percentage). And including his 35 years as the boys basketball coach at Fairfax High School (Calif.), he owns a career head coach record of 853-284 (.750) over 37 seasons.
In 2017-18, he guided Rolling Hills Prep to a 22-7 record and a California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section District Four championship.
“It will be an honor to serve as court coach,” Kitani said. “I’m thankful and grateful for the opportunity to help coach at the USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team training camp.
“During my career I have been fortunate to work with many coaches and players,” Kitani added. “I hope I can contribute in any area assigned and help make the athletes better.”
In his first season at Rolling Hills Prep, Kitani steered the 2016-17 Huskies to a 29-2 record and the program’s first CIF Division 5 state championship. Kitani became just the second coach in CIF history to win the title at two different schools.
Prior to arriving at Rolling Hills Prep, Kitani spent 35 years (1981-82 through 2015-16) as a physical education teacher and boys basketball head coach at Fairfax High School, where he led the Lions to three Los Angeles City Section Division I titles, four overall city championships and state crowns in 2004 and 2007.
Kitani was a head coach in the 2006 McDonald’s High School All-America Game. He also garnered 1999 John Wooden Coach of the Year, 2005 California Coach of the Year and 2010 National High School Coaches Association National Coach of the Year honors. In addition to his prep coaching duties, Kitani has served as a lead instructor at the LeBron James Skills Academy and Chris Paul All-American Camp.
He also is the assistant athletic director at Rolling Hills Prep.
Kitani earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State University Long Beach and a master’s degree from Cal State University Los Angeles.