BYU men’s hoops hire former Louisville assistant Kahil Fennell | News, Sports, Jobs

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Kahil Fennell, right, has been hired as the new assistant coach for men’s basketball. With him in this photo are his wife, Sarah, and his sons Ezra and Koa.

PROVO, Utah — BYU men’s basketball head coach Mark Pope announced the hiring of Kahil Fennell as the program’s new assistant coach.

“With our final year in the WCC and subsequent stint in the Big 12, this is an incredible time for BYU basketball,” Pope said. “We had a historic three year run and we are determined to improve. Kahil Fennell makes us so much better. He is an excellent communicator, elite level recruiter and has an insatiable work ethic. Cougar Nation will fall in love with Kahil , his wife Sarah and their two boys, Ezra and Koa. Let’s go!”

Fennell, a native of Oakland, Calif., comes to BYU after spending the past four seasons at the University of Louisville, including as an assistant coach in 2021-22.

“I am incredibly excited and grateful to have the opportunity to join a program like BYU,” added Fennell. “My family and I have felt tremendous support from Coach Pope, Brian Santiago, and administration in welcoming us to the BYU community, and we look forward to joining the college family. I’m thrilled to be part of such a high level staff and I’m excited to compete for championships in the future.

Fennell (pronounced kuh-HILL fe-NELL) was elevated to assistant coach in April 2021 after spending the previous three seasons as chief operating officer under Chris Mack.

During his time at the UofL, Fennell was part of a staff that went 70-47, including a trip to the 2019 NCAA Tournament as the No. 7 seed. The Cardinals won 20 games twice, making it one of seven NCAA men’s basketball schools to win 20 or more games in 18 of the past 20 seasons.

Fennell spent a season at Portland State under Barret Peery where the Vikings won a record 10-game road program and earned a berth in CollegeInsider.com’s postseason tournament.

Prior to his move to the Pacific Northwest, he spent two seasons coaching at UT Permian Basin, serving as an assistant coach in 2016 before being named associate head coach in 2016-17. The Falcons were regular season and tournament champions in the Lone Star Conference, setting a school record for wins while ranking first in NCAA Division II men’s basketball in rebounds and 12th in points.

Fennell graduated from Thousand Oaks High School where he was an all-league basketball player and team captain. After a season at Penn State New Kensington, he played the last three seasons of his college career at the University of the Redlands.

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