STORRS, Conn. — UConn men’s basketball head coach Dan Hurley has announced the hiring of Kenya Hunter as an assistant coach, completing his on-court and recruiting coaching staff. Hunter, a 16-year veteran of Division I coaching, comes to UConn after spending the last five years on the coaching staff at the University of Nebraska. Hunter has also had extensive coaching experience at Georgetown, Xavier and Duquesne, as well as basketball administrative experience at North Carolina State. “Kenya has tremendous experience in some high-level programs,” Hurley said. “He’s very well-respected not only as a strong recruiter, but an extremely knowledgeable coach on the floor. It’s great when you can hire a man who you view as a future head coach and Kenya has that kind of ability. I’m very happy to add him to what I believe is an outstanding staff.”
Hunter, who has been a coach for 11 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament, completes the new UConn on-court and recruiting coaching staff under Hurley, which also includes Tom Moore and Kimani Young. “I looked at the opportunity that UConn presents for me, working with a staff that I’m very excited about, plus I felt that I needed a change,” Hunter said. “Obviously, UConn has a great tradition of winning — four national championships and one just four years ago. It’s recent, not outdated. You look in that practice facility and at that NBA wall, it’s a place where a lot of NBA guys have come through and paved the way. I embrace the challenge of helping Coach Hurley get UConn basketball back to where the people there want it and where it has been.”
Prior to his stint at Georgetown, Hunter spent three years at Xavier under Sean Miller, where he helped produce back-to-back 20-win seasons and a spot in the 2007 NCAA tourney. Hunter began his Division I coaching career at Duquesne, his alma mater, where he became a fulltime assistant for two seasons (1998-2000), helping the Dukes bring in the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 in 1999. He then accepted the job of Director of Basketball Operations at North Carolina State, where he remained until 2004, when he left to coach at Xavier. Nebraska head coach Tim Miles had this comment.
“Kenya has done an excellent job for Nebraska Basketball. He was great on the floor and a terrific recruiter. I’m grateful for his five years in our program. I have worked very hard to keep Kenya in Nebraska and have improved his job each year. But, I believe in his mind, it was best for him and his family to make this move at this point in his career. Now, he gets an opportunity to develop a new network and new set of contacts in the Northeast. I’m excited to keep moving our program forward and will add another coach who will bring true value to our program.”