Kenya Hunter is in his first season at Connecticut as an assistant coach.
Hunter, a 16-year veteran of Division I coaching, spent 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. He has been a coach for 11 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament.
Hunter, a native of Arlington, Va., helped Nebraska post 22 victories in 2017-18 and earn a berth in the NIT. During his tenure, he also helped the Huskers reach the NCAA Tournament and he was instrumental in the development of All-Big Ten selections Terran Petteway, a conference scoring leader, and Shavon Shields, a 1,500-point, 600-rebound performer.
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, who starred in both football and basketball at Wakefield High School in Arlington, was a four-year point guard at Duquesne, finishing his career with 971 points, 439 assists and 218 steals. He was a three-year captain and a two-time recipient of the award for the team’s top upperclassman. He graduated in 1996 with a degree in liberal arts, then earned his master’s degree in education from North Carolina State in 1998 while serving as a student manager for the Wolf Pack.
Hunter and wife Johncie are parents to a son, Jaylin, and a daughter, Kendall.