HU hires Hoosier legend's son as men's hoop coach

Kory Alford

Huntington University has hired Kory Alford to be the next head coach of the Forester men’s basketball team.

Alford currently serves as the director of player development for the University of Nevada, Reno, men’s basketball team. Prior to that role, he held various roles for the men’s basketball team at his alma mater, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

“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.”

“We are thrilled to have Kory join our coaching staff and HU community,” said HU Athletic Director Lori Culler. “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.”

While on the coaching staff at the University of Nevada, Alford focused on scouting and was the key coordinator of the international recruiting strategy that led to nearly a dozen commitments in one year.

Alford spent four seasons on staff at UCLA as the video analytics coordinator after playing two seasons for the Bruins and two seasons at the University of New Mexico. His strengths include recruiting, film and statistical analysis and building relationships with players.

As a player, he helped four teams reach the NCAA Tournament, which included 2014 and 2015 UCLA squads that advanced to the Sweet 16. During his prep career at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, NM, he was part of two state championship teams.

Between his time at UCLA and New Mexico, Alford’s teams won three conference tournament titles and two conference regular season crowns.

Alumni of Forester athletics have expressed excitement at Alford’s hire.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Kory as the next head men’s basketball coach at Huntington University,” said Jeff Shepherd, a 1999 graduate and four-year member of the Forester basketball team. “Kory rose to the top of a tremendous candidate pool and is ready to lead the men’s basketball program on and off the court.”

Alford, son and grandson of Indiana basketball luminaries Steve and Sam Alford, earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA in 2015 and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 2017.