UIW head men’s basketball coach, Ken Burmeister, and his staff have announced the hiring of assistant coach, Kenyon Spears.
“We are really excited to have him,” said Burmeister. “His experience of success in recruiting and coaching is second to none. His expertise with big men will give our young forwards the opportunity to develop.”
Spears spent this past season as an assistant coach at LIU Brooklyn, who went 20-12 in 2016-17, and 13-5 in the Northeast Conference. Among the Blackbirds’ wins was a road win over St. John’s in December.
Spears is no stranger to the Southland Conference. He is a 2001 graduate of Lamar University, where he was team captain and led the Cardinals to a Southland Conference Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance his senior year. Spears coached at his alma mater for two seasons after graduating. Prior to his stint with LIU Brooklyn, Spears served three seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at New Orleans.
Prior to his time in Louisiana, he was an assistant at Brown University, where he was a part of of Bears’ head coach, Craig Robinson, named Ivy League Coach of the Year in 2006-07. Among Brown’s season accolades, the Bears limited Michigan State to 45 points, its lowest point total of the season. Following his stint with Brown, Spears went to Wagner, where he was a component of the Seahawks’ record-setting 23-win season in 2007-08.