Turning 40 is a milestone moment for most, but for Miamisburg High School graduate Kyle Getter, it is only one pivotal day he will experience this week.
Getter is the director of recruiting and player development for the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers (33-3), which will meet No. 5 seed Auburn (30-9) in the first of two Final Four match-ups on Saturday.
Virginia reached the Final Four by defeating Purdue, 80-75, in an overtime thriller.
“I’m still trying to figure out how we won that game,” Getter said. “It was cool having the regional in Louisville because it gave my parents a chance to see it, and I had friends and college teammates come in for the game.”
Though he is just 40, Getter already has 20 years of coaching experience. After an exceptional high school career at Miamisburg, he started for two seasons at Centre College in Kentucky. Yet playing beyond college was not part of his future, he recognized, so he opted to get a head start on a coaching career. At the ripe age of 20, Getter transferred to NCAA Division III Hanover (Indiana).
Hanover head coach Mike Beitzel was known for helping launch college coaching careers, and Getter was ready to begin. He served as a student coach for two seasons and an assistant coach for one year.
Getter earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Hanover and then embarked on his storied coaching odyssey. He spent two years as the director of basketball operations at Marshall University under head coach Ron Jirsa and worked on the staffs of Oliver Purnell at the University of Dayton and Paul Biancardi at Wright State University.
At UD, Getter helped the Flyers finish 24-6, capture the Atlantic 10 tournament title and finish the season ranked No. 16 in the AP poll. Getter earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from Dayton in 2004.
Before this campaign with Virginia, Getter’s most exciting experience was the season when he served as an assistant under Shaka Smart at VCU. The No. 11 seeded Rams advanced from the First Four to the Final Four, beating five Power 5 conference programs in a row before falling to another Cinderella – the Butler Bulldogs.
Getter’s coaching resume also features two stops at Liberty University, including two campaigns before his current role this season at Virginia under former Virginia assistant coach Ritchie McKay.
Liberty was 43-29 over the last two seasons, and the Flames won a school-record 23 games in Getter’s first time with the program in 2008-2009.
Before returning to Liberty, he served four seasons on Mike Jones’ staff at Radford and one campaign as an assistant coach at Walsh University in Ohio, where he helped the Cavaliers post a 26-5 record, win the AMC Championship and make a Sweet 16 appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament in 2007-2008.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed with good timing,” Getter said.
A national championship, and a head coaching gig, are potentially in Getter’s future as the odyssey continues.