Western Michigan tabs alum Kendrick as new Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

The Western Michigan men’s basketball program and head coach Clayton Bates announced the hiring of former Bronco Kristof Kendrick as assistant coach on Monday.

As an experienced coach from the Indianapolis area, Kendrick spent last season as the Coordinator of Player Development and Video Operations for Bradley men’s basketball. Kendrick returns to Kalamazoo after earning two letters with the Broncos and helping the program win the 2005 Mid-American Conference West Division crown.

“We are pleased to welcome Kristof Kendrick to our basketball staff. Kristof is an excellent communicator and teacher of the game,” said Bates. “He has been a successful High School and AAU coach and his coaching experience and connections throughout the Midwest make him an ideal fit for our staff. Kristoff has an engaging personality that will allow him to connect with our student-athletes both on and off the court.”

Prior to Bradley, Kendrick spent 10 seasons as a head and assistant coach with a number of Indianapolis high schools. Most recently, Kendrick spent two seasons as the head coach at T.C. Howe High School and was named the 2019 GIAC Conference Coach of the Year. In two seasons Kendrick led the Hornets to a 35-15 record with appearances in two sectional championships and the 2018 Indianapolis City Tournament title game. 

“I’m extremely excited and grateful to come back to my alma mater and join Coach Bates’ staff here at WMU. I hope to be able to bring some fresh ideas with me as well as help our student-athletes grow not just on the court but academically and socially as well,” said Kendrick. “I can’t wait to get on the floor and get rolling with these guys and work with the high level staff that we have.”

Before his time at T.C. Howe, Kendrick spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Arsenal Tech, Cathedral and Warren Central High Schools. Kendrick is also an established AAU coach, guiding teams to the Adidas Gauntlet Summer Championship at the 15, 16 and 17U levels while coaching four McDonalds All-Americans.

Kendrick earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan where he earned two letters with the Bronco men’s basketball program. His father, Frank, was an All-American at Purdue before being drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1974. His father also spent 10 seasons at his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1989 to 1999.


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