Kenny Blakeney

Kenny Blakeney (born November 29, 1971)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Howard Bison
Current conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
Howard record: 61-76 (.445)
Overall record: 61-76 (.445)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Howard
2018-2019 Columbia (asst)
2008-2012 Harvard (asst)
2007-2008 Marshall (asst)
2002-2006 Delaware (asst)
2001-2002 St. Bonaventure (asst)
1997-2000 Delaware (asst)
1996-1997 La Salle (asst)
1995-1996 James Madison (asst)

Kenny Blakeney Facts

  • Kenneth L. Blakeney
  • Born November 29, 1971
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Alma Mater: Duke University (BA, 1995)
  • The DC-native played at Dematha Catholic HS for Hall of Fame head coach Morgan Wootten
  • Went on to play at Duke under another Hall of Fame coach, Mike Krzyzewski
    • Was a part of the Blue Devils teams that won the back-to-back NCAA titles (1991-92) and finished runner-up in 1993
  • Started his coaching career in 1996, spending one year on Lefty Driesell‘s staff at James Madison
  • Moved on to La Salle, where he assisted Speedy Morris, then to Delaware, spending three seasons under head coach Mike Brey
  • Spent one season on Jan van Breda Kolff‘s staff at St. Bonaventure before returning to Delaware to assist new head coach David Henderson; named the lead assistant for the 2005-06 season
  • Was out of coaching for a year and then spent one season at Marshall under head coach Donnie Jones
  • Joined the staff of fellow Duke alum Tommy Amaker at Harvard in 2008, coaching the Crimson for four seasons
    • Was a part of the 2010-11 squad that won the first Ivy League title in program history
    • Also part of the 2011-12 team that reached the NCAA Tournament, the program’s second ever and first since 1946
  • Stepped away from coaching to move to NYC and start a family, staying away from the game until 2018
    • Co-founded World One Sports Academy, a player development organization
    • Spent some of that time working in marketing for Under Armour and was reacquainted with the basketball world
  • Joined Jim Engles‘ staff at Columbia in 2018, originally as a volunteer but was moved up to paid assistant before the season
  • Hired in May 2019 to be the head coach at Howard in his hometown of Washington DC; went just 4-29 in his first season
    • Landed Top 20 recruit Makur Maker, the first five-star basketball recruit to ever commit to an HBCU
    • Unfortunately, Maker’s season (and tenure at Howard) lasted just two games due to injury
    • His 2022-23 Bison team won an outright MEAC regular season title and he was named MEAC COY; the Bison went on to win the MEAC Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992
    • Was given the John McLendon Award in 2023 recognizing him as the top coach across all levels of men’s college basketball
    • Repeated as MEAC Tournament champions in 2024 to get back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances

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