Head Coach Kenneth Blakeney

 

Kenneth Blakeney brings a wealth of experience and a winning pedigree to Howard University’s Men’s Basketball team. He has coached at the seven Division I universities over a 12-year span. He has been associated with winning as a player, coach and business entrepreneur.

Raised in Washington, D.C., Blakeney was a McDonalds All- American and Gatorade Player of the Year at the famed DeMatha Catholic High School, playing for Hall of Fame Coach Morgan Wooten, the winningest high school coach in history.

Following his stellar scholastic career, Blakeney headed to Durham, N.C., to play for the Duke Blue Devils under the direction of Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. During his Duke career, the Blue Devils compiled a record of 99-34 which included winning two national championships.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in history from Duke, Blakeney secured his first coaching position as the assistant men’s basketball coach at James Madison under Hall of Fame Coach Lefty Driesell.

Blakeney later moved on to the men’s basketball staff at LaSalle University where he recruited and developed Rasual Butler, a 2002 NBA draft pick for the Miami Heat.

Blakeney then moved on to the University of Delaware where he served as the Head Assistant under now current Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. During his time in Delaware, Blakeney conducted coaching clinics and lectured in Senegal and Turkey as part of NBA educational efforts.

He also assisted in the recruitment of three nationally ranked recruiting classes from 2003-06 at Delaware. Blakeney lectured in the physical education department, coordinated community relations events and initiated a marketing campaign called the “6MAN”.

After one-year stints at St. Bonaventure and Marshall, Blakeney went on to have a successful career at Harvard University. Working under Head Coach and former Duke standout Tommy Amaker, he assisted in capturing the program’s first Ivy League Title and NCAA Tournament berth since 1946. Blakeney also helped recruit two back to back Top 50 recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009, with the 2008 class being named to the ESPN Top 25. He also discovered and developed 10-year NBA veteran Jeremy Lin.

After his four years at Harvard, Blakeney co-founded a fashion accessory company named Sportin’ Styles. Additionally, he joined apparel giant Under Armour where he worked with NBA, College and Grass Roots division. In 2018, he returned to the sidelines and the Ivy League at Columbia University.

Howard University Director of Athletics Kery Davis announced the hiring of Blakeney as the new head coach of the men’s basketball program in May 2019.

 

What People Are Saying

“Without Kenny, I wouldnt be where I am today. He was the first coach that told me I could play in the NBA. He was the only coach that taught me how to handle the racism I faced during college  games. And he went above and beyond to develop me as a player. I have no doubt he will do wonders for Howard University on the court; more importantly, he will teach the players how to be great young men. Im officially a Howard fan!!”
Jeremy Lin Point Guard,  Toronto Raptors
 
 “I have no doubt Kenny will do a great job at Howard University. He’s one of the truly respected men in this profession. He is more than ready to be a head coach, and will represent Howard in a first class manner. I wish him nothing but the  best in this next chapter.”
Coach Johnny Dawkins Head Coach UCF
 
" I have know Kenny Blakeney for nearly 30 years and I have no doubt that he will have great success at Howard. He has learned from and played for the best in the business and as a DC native his  local ties will serve him well as he builds up this program. "
Seth Davis CBS Sports Managing Editor of The Athletic CBB
 
 “Kenny is wise beyond his years and Howard is getting a true leader of young men. He has been taught, lead, and coached by the very best  this game has ever seen. And I can honesty tell you, he has learned well.
Tommy Amaker Head Men’s Basketball Coach Harvard University 
 
“I have known Kenny Blakeney since he was a player at Duke. He is a great basketball man that understands the game, evaluates talent as well as any coach I know, and is a fine teacher and strategist. Howard made a terrific hire in Kenny Blakeney.
Jay Bilas, ESPN 
 
“Howard University just made a tremendous hire. Kenny Blakeney was standout high school player at DeMatha and a key part  of national championship teams at Duke. He has tirelessly worked his way through the ranks of college basketball, learned from some outstanding leaders as an assistant coach and found his way home to Washington, D.C., where he will do a stellar job. He has  championship pedigree. I am thrilled for Kenny as he embarks on this new journey as the head basketball coach at Howard.”
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University and USA Senior National Team (2005-16) Head Coach