Joining the East Los Angeles College men's basketbal program back in the 2015-16 campaign, Huskies' Assistant Coach Kenneth Hunter has helped bring five straight South Coast Conference North Titles to East Los Angeles College, along with multiple Elite-8 appearances and a load of talent to Monterey Park.
Coach Hunter is recognized as one of the top junior collegiate recruiters in the country. He has recruited and mentored five SCC-North Players of the Year, one State Player of the Year, six All State players, and over 40 SCC-North First Team All-Conference selections in 18 years as an assistant coach within the California Community College system. He was named one of 50 Most Impactful Coaches in JUCO Men’s Basketball in 2020.
Before joining ELAC, Coach Hunter helped to revive a Los Angeles Trade Tech College program that was 3-27 the year prior to his arrival. In his first season of coaching there, the Beavers split the SCC title along with storied programs such as LACC and Compton College. Hunter would go on to win three conference titles with Trade, along with making Elite 8 and state Final Four appearances.
Coach Hunter is a staple at top Junior College All American Camps, Showcases and Pro-Am basketball leagues such as JBL Pro-Am, the Say No Nike College Summer League, Nike Drew League Pro Am where he has coached and mentored some of the top players in the country at all levels including NBA superstars James Harden, Chris Paul, Montrezl Harrell, and Marvin Bagley 3rd.
Coach Hunter played his high school basketball at famed powerhouse Detroit Southwestern and Ecorse high school where he was first team All Suburban Athletic Conference first team in basketball and baseball and All-News-Herald Dream Team and conference baseball unanimous M.V.P. He’s learned from Hall of Fame coaches Perry Watson and Kenneth Jackson, and has worked for a future Hall of Famer in Richard Wells. Coach Hunter’s career as a collegiate player was cut short due to an accident which paralyzed him permanently but gave him the passion and spirit to start coaching basketball at the junior college level.
Coach Hunter has a degree in Kinesiology from California State Fullerton University (2010) and has a wife Ingrid Hunter and five kids Kayla 22, Tiana 21, Kenneth 18, Ian 13, and Quen 6.