Kendrick Saunders will begin his first season as Seton Hill Head Coach in the 2018-19 basketball season.
Saunders comes from the United States Naval Academy where he spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach. Saunders helped Navy to a 20-12 record in 2017-18. The 20 wins were the most by Navy since the 1999-00 season and were tied for the sixth-most in a single season in program history. Navy led the Patriot League in scoring defense, rebounding margin and offensive rebounds per game in 2017-18, and Navy ranked in the top-40 of the NCAA in scoring defense for the third-straight season.
Prior to his arrival at Navy, Saunders spent two seasons at Princeton University, where he served as the director of basketball operations. Saunders helped the Tigers to the 2011 Ivy League Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth, where Princeton would lose in the second round to eventual Final Four participant Kentucky, 57-53. During the 2011-12 season, Princeton finished with a 20-12 record, reached the CBI Tournament quarterfinals and finished third in the Ivy League with a 10-4 league mark.
Before arriving at Princeton, Saunders served as an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy for five years under former Army head coach Jim Crews. Saunders arrived at West Point following a two-year stint at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., where he was a member of Webb Hatch's staff. Prior to his tenure at Frostburg, Saunders spent four years as the top assistant at Hunter College in New York City.
Saunders is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he played point guard and served as the team captain during his senior season.
Saunders, an assistant coach for the Gotham City Knights of the National Rookie League during the summer of 2000, has also been a counselor at a host of summer camps, including the heralded Five-Star Camp.
Saunders and his wife Janice have two sons, Alexavier (11) and Hezekiah (9).