Meet the Kansas City Tornadoes Pro Basketball Coach Eddie Corporal


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Coach Corporal has coached at all levels: professional, college, and high school. He has experienced working with teams from the National Basketball Association, such as the Washington Wizards and Kansas City Kings in some capacity.

Corporal has been involved with the American Basketball Association as a scout for the Kansas City Knights and as a head coach for the Arkansas RiverCatz. As Corporal coached the RiverCatz team, they were ranked #8 in the ABA National Power Ranking Poll.

Coach Corporal was the Associate Head Coach for the 2005 ABA Champions, the Arkansas RimRockers. The RimRockers moved into the NBA D-League after winning the ABA Championship the following year. The RimRockers featured NBA stars Todd Day and Oliver Miller, and Arkansas Razorback great, Scotty Thurman. They were led by Coach Corporal’s leadership and development during their Rimrocker career.


Coach Corporal coached at NCAA Pittsburg State and at NAIA Park University. At Pittsburg State, Corporal helped lead the Gorillas to two MIAA appearances. At Park University, he assisted the late former Kansas City Kings great, Joe C. Meriwether to Park’s first NAIA Tournament appearance.

Prior to Corporal’s professional and college career, he helped coach three Kansas State High School Championship teams at K.C. Schlagle H.S. and K.C. Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas. Coach Corporal has coached in eight Kansas State Tournaments. In College Park, Maryland, he coached in the Maryland State Final Four at Meade High School.

In 2006, Coach Corporal served as the NBA All Star Legends Fantasy Camp Commissioner in Houston, Texas, during the NBA All Star Weekend.

During the summer months, Corporal is a coach for the Kansas University Bill Self Basketball Camps.

Coach Corporal attributes his coaching success to the Kansas City Kings, former Head Coach, Cotton Fitzsimmons, former Head Coach Randy Springs of Kansas City Sumner Academy, and to his brother, former NBA All Star and Kansas City Kings great, Otis Birdsong. In the 1980’s, Corporal served as a ball boy and equipment manager for the NBA Kansas City Kings Basketball Club.


Corporal is a graduate of MidAmerica University earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Human Relations. Corporal is married to the former Leigh Keil. The Corporals have six children: Natalie, Tatiana, E.J., Ashley, Gabrielle, and Elizabeth.

Hobbies: Corporal enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sporting events, concerts, listening to music, and volunteering at Lawrence Memorial Hospital with stroke patients.

Why Coaching: Coach Corporal has been a lifelong student and coaches because he has a passion for the game. He enjoys building teams and developing players and helping them reach their potential. Making a deep impact on people’s lives in various ways is important to Corporal.

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