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UConn Men’s Basketball: Kenya Hunter Hired As Final Assistant on Dan Hurley’s Staff

The new coach coach also filled out the rest of his staff.

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Dan Hurley’s UConn staff is now in place as Kenya Hunter was named the Huskies’ final assistant coach. Hunter has 16 years of Division I coaching experience, with the last five years coming at Nebraska.

“Kenya has tremendous experience in some high-level programs,” Hurley said in the press release. “He’s very well-respected not only as a strong recruiter, but an extremely knowledgeable coach on the floor. I’m very happy to add him to what I believe is an outstanding staff.”

He is the second coach on the staff to join UConn from a Big Ten school, joining Kimani Young, who was previously at Minnesota.

“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 in the release. “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 It’s recent, not outdated.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.”

Hunter was at Georgetown from 2007-13, where he helped develop NBA bigs Roy Hibbert and Greg Monroe along with Otto Porter, the 2013 Big East Player of the Year. Prior to Georgetown, Hunter coached at his alma mater Duquesne for two seasons prior to spending three seasons on Sean Miller’s staff at Xavier.

Hunter will be tasked with recruiting the DMV, an area that has produced the likes of Rudy Gay and Roscoe Smith for the Huskies in the past. With Young covering New York City and Tom Moore re-building connections throughout New England, UConn should hold a strong grip on the East Coast for recruiting.

While the three coaches are have been announced, Hurley has not named an associate head coach yet. Moore is the most likely candidate, as he is the only one of the three with Division I head coaching experience.


Hurley also completed the remainder of his non-coaching staff, bringing Eric Youncofski as Director of Basketball Operations and Tripp Doherty as Director of Scouting/Video with him from Rhode Island.

Youncofski will oversee day-to-day operations for the program while also helping to arrange travel. He will also help to organize practices and skill sessions along with building opposing scouting reports throughout the season. He will also be in charge of the team’s community outreach programs.

Doherty, meanwhile, is responsible for the film production, film exchange with opponents and film breakdown of both opponents and the team. He will also help plan practices while maintaining a database of recruits.

UPDATE

Ed Daigneault of the Waterbury Republican-American is reporting that Kevin Freeman will stay on staff as the Director of Basketball Administration under Dan Hurley.