IU makes hire of Kenya Hunter official

Indiana made the hire of men’s basketball assistant coach Kenya Hunter official on Wednesday.

Hunter, who comes over from UConn, was also given the title of co-associate head coach. He shares that rank with Tom Ostrom, who was a part of Archie Miller’s original IU staff and came over from Dayton with him.

IU’s newest assistant has a deep history with Miller, as well. Hunter, a Duquesne alum, coached Miller on the AAU circuit. They were together again at N.C. State, when Miller was a point guard and Hunter was a director of basketball operations.

Hunter, who has coached at UConn, Nebraska, and Georgetown, also assisted Miller’s older brother, Sean, at Xavier.

“I’m excited to be able to add Kenya to our staff and partner with him again,” Miller said in a statement. “He is a great person who will fit seamlessly with our staff, players, and University community.”

Hunter replaces Bruiser Flint, who left IU to join John Calipari at Kentucky.

“My family and I are extremely excited to have the opportunity to become a part of Hoosier Nation,” Hunter said in a release. “Archie and I have a relationship that spans a long time and to be able to reconnect means a great deal to me personally.

“I think it goes without saying that Indiana basketball has one of the best traditions in college basketball and the strength of the Big Ten makes this among the most coveted positions in the country.”

3 comments

  1. Sounds like a great hire and that Hunter fits the profile of what we needed. The only criteria Hunter doesn’t meet perfectly is that he’s not a “young” man (i.e., early 30’s), which is thought by many to be necessary for recruiting today’s best basketball players.

    Also, this is a pretty good indication that Archie’s job is secure for the next few years at least. A veteran like Hunter isn’t going to leave a job at a school like UCONN unless he’s confident that he’ll have job security at his new place of employment.

  2. I think that Hunter being an older experienced guy could bring… just what is needed in men’s IU basketball program.

  3. He will sink or swim based on his ability to recruit top talent. It’s really just that simple. He seems to have been successful at that task so far, so I am optimistic he will be even more so at IU.

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