Cunningham named General Manager / Assistant Coach at Charleston

Charleston head men’s basketball coach Chris Mack has announced the hiring of Christen Cunningham to his inaugural staff as the program’s General Manager/Assistant Coach.

Cunningham most recently served as an assistant coach at Rhode Island this past season. Prior to being named an assistant coach, he served as the program’s director of player development for the 2022-23 season.

“I am excited to announce Christen Cunningham as our newest addition to the men’s basketball staff in the capacity of General Manager/Assistant Coach,” said Mack. “Christen will handle the day-to-day management of our roster in today’s world of Name, Image, Likeness and will work with all applicable parties to ensure our program is a trailblazer in the ever-changing landscape of college basketball.”

Cunningham came to Rhode Island from Louisville, where he was a graduate assistant from 2020-22.

Cunningham was a team captain at Louisville in 2018-19 as a graduate transfer, averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 assists per game while leading the team to a 20-win season and an NCAA Championship appearance.

The Georgetown, Ky. native was a three-year starter and team captain at Samford before transferring to Louisville. He set Samford’s all-time assist record with 514 and was fifth in the nation with a school-record 225 assists in 2016-17. Cunningham also finished his career 13th on the school’s scoring list with 1,283 career points.

“In addition, “CC” will be instrumental in our offensive identity and player development. Having coached Christen at the University of Louisville, I know he will be a home run for our players and staff,” added Mack.

Before beginning his coaching career, Cunningham spent the 2019-20 season playing professionally in the Croatian Premier League and Adriatic Basketball Association. Cunningham earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Samford in 2018 and a master’s degree in sport administration from Louisville in 2019.

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