It’s official now: former UConn assistant Kenya Hunter is on his way to Indiana.
IU announced Hunter’s hire as co-associate head coach on Wednesday, a title he’ll share with fellow IU basketball assistant Tom Ostrom. Hunter heads to Bloomington with established ties to both the Big Ten and Indiana head coach Archie Miller. Hunter and Miller came up through the coaching ranks at NC State, where Miller played and Hunter occupied a variety of roles under coach Herb Sendek.
Hunter was one of at least two initial candidates that Miller contacted about the job after former assistant Bruiser Flint departed last month for Kentucky.
“I’m excited to be able to add Kenya to our staff and partner with him again,” Miller said. “He is a great person who will fit in seamlessly with our staff, players, and university community. Kenya is the full package when it comes to the profession. He’s a great teacher and developer on and off the floor. His ability to relate to players and make them better is second to none.
“He’s experienced success from some of the best coaches and programs in the ACC, A10, Big East, and Big Ten, which will make an impact immediately on us. Personally, we’ve been close for a long time and our familiarity with each other is going to be fun. We are proud to welcome Johncie, Jaylin, and Kendall to Bloomington and our proud program.”
Not only did Miller and Hunter cross paths at NC State, Hunter later worked for Miller’s brother, Sean, at Xavier. Hunter, who is coming off a two-year stint in Storrs, has previous Big Ten experience from a five-year run on Tim Miles’ staff at Nebraska. He also coached at Georgetown.
“My family and I are extremely excited to have the opportunity to become a part of Hoosier Nation,” Hunter said. “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.”