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Username Post: Kenny Blakeney, new Lion coach        (Topic#21832)
Literary Lion 
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Loc: Brooklyn, NY
Reg: 12-31-04
09-07-18 01:52 PM - Post#261012    

Looks like a great addition to Engles' staff.

https://gocolumbialions.com/news/2018/9/7/mens-ba s...

Chet Forte 
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Reg: 03-02-08
09-07-18 02:06 PM - Post#261015    
    In response to Literary Lion

Can anybody tell what he has been doing the last few years?

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Kenny Blakeney, new Lion coach
09-07-18 03:30 PM - Post#261018    
    In response to Chet Forte

Think he's been a pickup basketball player down in Hampton Roads. Or perhaps Norfolk.

PhD Student
Posts: 1933

Reg: 10-20-14
09-07-18 04:32 PM - Post#261031    
    In response to TheLine

Looking at his Linkedin page -

Co-Founder/CEO of Sportin' Styles since 12/2009. This was in NYC.

Sportin’ Styles is the perfect fashionable accessories crafted from quality fabrics and designed for today’s young and trendy consumer- these accessories can be worn by both men and women, who are passionate about representing and expressing their support for their favorite sports team in stylish versatility, yet affordable manner. Sportin’ Styles has worked with the NBA, NHL, Hockey Fights Cancer, MLS, Paradigm Agency and NCAA colleges.

Basketball Marketing Consultant for Under Armour since 4/2015. This was in NYC.

Advise on NBA Draft selection
Evaluate Grassroots, Colleges and NBA Talent
Use of Analytics in Talent Evaluations
Liaison between UA College coaches and Brand
Advise on Brand Message
Advise on Marketing of Events and Tournaments
Design Apparel for Grassroots

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Reg: 02-11-06
09-07-18 09:46 PM - Post#261037    
    In response to rbg

He bent a few recruiting rules at Harvard. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/7/5/blak en...

Still a good pickup for the staff.

PhD Student
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Loc: New Jersey
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09-07-18 10:03 PM - Post#261038    
    In response to Wheeler

Imagine the reaction if Amaker had rehired him!

Columbia 37P6 
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09-07-18 10:09 PM - Post#261039    
    In response to rbg

Columbia must have carefully vetted Kenny Blakeney and decided the risks-reward ratio was clearly in favor of his hire. That being the case, I am very happy to have him as an assistant coach and expect good things to happen both for him and the Lions. Blakeney, along with associate head coach Jean Bain, could prove to be a formidable recruiting duo in the Ivy League. Columbia needs to successfully recruit several outstanding players this year just to remain competitive in the Ivy League. Blakeney is a proven recruiter of big-time talent so I would expect some outstanding players to head our way very soon. More than that, Blakeney has the necessary playing and coaching experience to strongly develop our current players. I am very hopeful that his hiring will bring the bad news cycle to an end

Dr. V 
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09-08-18 04:55 AM - Post#261040    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

This is likely a good hire. In addition to having experience with Ivy recruiting—leaving the silly pickup game references aside, he is likely to have a good understanding of defense given his having played for Coach K

The Quad 
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Reg: 12-16-04
Re: new Asst Coach Kenny Blakeny
09-08-18 11:44 AM - Post#261043    
    In response to Dr. V

No doubt, Blakeny has the (Keith) Wright stuff.

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/7/5/blak en...

Chet Forte 
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Reg: 03-02-08
09-08-18 06:15 PM - Post#261047    
    In response to The Quad

How many assistant coaches do we now have? I seem to recall that the IL generally sanctions two full time assistants and one part time assistant but I may be mistaken here.

Masters Student
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Loc: New York City
Reg: 07-23-18
09-08-18 07:32 PM - Post#261048    
    In response to Chet Forte

I think you're very much correct; and they'll bump that fellow Jesse Agel to the Basketball Operations spot that Jon Safir resigned from. Quite come down for Agel, who was the head men's basketball coach at Brown just 6 years ago!

PhD Student
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Reg: 10-20-14
05-02-19 07:20 AM - Post#284097    
    In response to AntiUngvar

Kenny Blakeney has been named the new head coach at Howard.

https://hbcugameday.com/2019/05/01/kenny-blak eney-...


Columbia 37P6 
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Kenny Blakeney, new Lion coach
05-03-19 10:24 AM - Post#284146    
    In response to rbg

Presumably, Kenny Blakeney was at least, in part, responable for bringing in our last four recruits, so I am very disappointed to see him leave. Hopefully, the Lions will find a suitable replacement for him in the near future.

Edited by Columbia 37P6 on 05-03-19 10:25 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

Billy Hoyle 
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05-07-19 03:26 PM - Post#284271    
    In response to Chet Forte

  • Chet Forte Said:
How many assistant coaches do we now have? I seem to recall that the IL generally sanctions two full time assistants and one part time assistant but I may be mistaken here.

one is a volunteer. Koby Altman went from volunteer coach and living with his mom in Brooklyn to GM of the Cavaliers within 6 years. Not bad!
I can hear Jimi!

PhD Student
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05-08-19 07:54 AM - Post#284287    
    In response to Billy Hoyle

Blakeney had his introductory press conference at Howard.

https://wtop.com/ncaa-basketball/2019/ 05/howard-in...

- Introductory press conferences are, if nothing else, primetime for optimism for the future. A blank slate, a fresh start, all benefits and no doubt. But all that notwithstanding, the bar for new Howard men’s basketball coach Kenny Blakeney has been set extremely high.

“As I told him when I met with him, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be participating in the NCAA Tournament every year. That’s one of the ambitions of the program,” said Howard President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick at Monday’s introductory press conference.

“Our expectation is every March we’re going to turn on the television and watch Mr. Blakeney on the sidelines with the rest of the team representing the university well.”

No pressure.

Bear in mind, this is a program that hasn’t finished over .500 since 2001-02; that hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 1991-92; that hasn’t had consecutive winning seasons since the late ‘80s, more than 30 years ago. But the school believes it’s found the right man to turn that around. -

- “My first call when we were looking for a coach was to Tommy Amaker,” said Howard Director of Athletics Kery Davis. “And Tommy Amaker said, ‘I only have one name for you: Kenny Blakeney.’” -

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