Huntington University has hired Nevada men’s basketball assistant Kory Alford as its next head coach, per multiple sources.
Alford, the oldest son of Nevada head coach Steve Alford, served as Nevada’s director of player development last year.
“I am honored and grateful for this opportunity, and I would like to thank Dr. Emberton, Lori Culler, Russ Degitz and the entire committee for entrusting me to become the next head men’s basketball coach at Huntington University,” said Alford. “It has always been my dream to lead a basketball program, and to be able to do so at a school with such tradition in my home state of Indiana is truly special. God has blessed me throughout my career in this sport, and I consider it a great privilege to be able to contribute to the Christ-centered mission of Huntington University.”
While at Nevada, Alford also focused on scouting and was the key coordinator of the international recruiting strategy that led to multiple international recruits last year.
Prior to Nevada, Alford was the video coordinator for four seasons at UCLA. As a player, he played four seasons under his dad — two at New Mexico and two at UCLA. As a player he helped four teams reach the NCAA Tournament and the 2014 and 2015 squads advanced to the Sweet 16. During his prep career at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.M., he was part of two state championship teams.
“We are thrilled to have Kory join our coaching staff and HU community,” said Lori Culler, athletic director at Huntington University.
“Basketball has always been an important part of Kory’s life, and his wealth of experiences at the Division I level have prepared him for this opportunity. He brings tremendous knowledge of the game, strong recruiting connections, Indiana family ties and a faith-infused approach to coaching that will enable him to hit the ground running. We are excited about the future of our men’s basketball program with Kory at the helm.”
Huntington University — a Division-II Christian college of the liberal arts in Huntington, Ind. — is coming off a 14-16 (.467) season with a 6-12 (.333) Crossroads League record. Forester head coach Ty Platt retired last month. Platt went 136-77 (.638) in 12 years with the program.