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Houston Baptist - Men's Basketball

COACHING STAFF

 
STEVEN KEY | Assistant Coach

Steven Key is in his 23rd year as assistant basketball coach at HBU, the second-longest active tenure by an assistant coach in NCAA Division I. His duties include scheduling, recruiting, scouting, game preparation, and on-the-floor coaching. Key has been with head coach Ron Cottrell from the beginning, first as a manager, then as a student-assistant before assuming his current position, marking his 26th season overall with the Huskies.
 
Last season, Key helped the Huskies to their most successful campaign since returning to Division I as they went 17-17 overall and earned the fourth seed in the Southland Conference Tournament with a 10-8 league mark. HBU posted its first Southland Conference Tournament victory with a 73-68 win over Southeastern Louisiana in the quarterfinals, then made the program’s first NCAA postseason appearance since 1984 with a spot in the College Basketball Invitational.
 
He was a key ingredient in the Huskies’ success of nine-straight conference championships and 10 consecutive NAIA national tournament appearances. He also was instrumental in the 2002-03 season’s history-making success and No. 1 national ranking.
 
Key served in the sports information department for ten years. He was the director for seven years and was associate director of athletic media relations for one year, before concentrating solely on his basketball duties. Key created the Huskies’ first athletic website in 1997 and received several awards from the NAIA for his website expertise.
 
A three-sport letterman in basketball, baseball and football at Calvary Baptist High School in Savannah, Ga., Key came to HBU from Valdosta State University where he was the head manager for the Blazer basketball team. He has been involved in almost every facet of the athletic department since his arrival in 1991.
 
The son and brother of Baptist ministers, Key is very active in his church, Kingsland Baptist in Katy. He is a member of Joshua House ABF and also teaches third grade Sunday school.
 
A 1996 graduate of HBU with degrees in history and kinesiology, Key is married to the former Sherry Blakely, a four-year letterwinner for the HBU softball team from 1992-95 and 2006 inductee into HBU’s Sports Hall of Honor. Sherry’s No. 6 jersey was retired by the softball team on April 21, 2012, becoming the first student-athlete in HBU history to be so honored. They are the proud parents of 8-year-old Eiley Rowan.
 
The Keys’ oldest daughter, Emma Claire, passed away May 15, 2010, shortly before her ninth birthday when the family was involved in a car accident while traveling in Louisiana. In her honor, the Key family established the Emma Key Hands and Feet Foundation in May of 2015. The HBU Alumni Association has also named the "Emma Key Faithful Servant Award" in rememberance of her.
 
Andy Glockner's story on SI.com about Emma and the Key family can be viewed here.
 
JUD KINNE | Assistant Coach

Jud Kinne is in his seventh season as assistant coach at HBU, serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
 
Last season, Kinne helped the Huskies to their most successful campaign since returning to Division I as they went 17-17 overall and earned the fourth seed in the Southland Conference Tournament with a 10-8 league mark. HBU posted its first Southland Conference Tournament victory with a 73-68 win over Southeastern Louisiana in the quarterfinals, then made the program’s first NCAA postseason appearance since 1984 with a spot in the College Basketball Invitational.
 
Kinne came to HBU after serving three seasons as associate head coach at Central Arizona College. He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Albion College, a highly successful Division III school in Albion, Mich., under Mike Turner, who won 527 games to rank among Division III’s all-time leaders.
 
Kinne was head coach at Marygrove College in Detroit for two years, coaching four all-Americas, before assisting one season at Arizona State. He served under National Coach of the Year, Rob Evans, assisting with travel, on-campus recruiting, scouting and film exchange for the Sun Devils. He also spent one season at Centenary.
 
He and his wife, Amanda, have one daughter, Madilyn.
 
KEITH BERARD | Assistant Coach

Keith Berard returned to the HBU men's basketball staff in Sept. 2016, after serving his first stint with the Huskies from 2007-12.
 
Berard spent three years (2013-16) coaching at Episcopal High School in Houston, after one season (2012-13) as an assistant coach at Weber State in Ogden, Utah. During his five seasons at HBU, he assisted in on-the-floor coach, recruiting, academics and served as the camp coordinator for the Ron Cottrell Husky Basketball Camps. Prior to his first stint with the Huskies, Berard served as an assistant coach at Texas Southern, where he helped the Tigers to the Southwestern Athletic Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2003.
 
A Houston native, who played at St. Thomas High School, Berard spent three seasons as assistant coach at College of Eastern Utah and one at Howard College. After playing two seasons at Weatherford College for former Husky Mark Osina, he finished his career with two seasons at Southern Utah from 1993-95, helping lead the Thunderbirds to the American West Conference championship in 1995 and earning first-team all-conference and Team MVP honors. Berard ranks among SUU all-time top 10 in 3-point percentage, assists and steals.
 
Berard earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern Utah in 1996, then played professionally in Switzerland in 1997.
 
He and his wife, Sabrina, have two daughters, Katelyn Dion and Khloe Dion.
 
LUKE HILLIN | Director of Basketball Operations / Camp Director

Luke Hillin enters his first season as Director of Basketball Operations at HBU.
 
Prior to HBU, Hillin served in two different capacities as a student at Texas A&M. He served as student manager of the Aggie football team from 2012-2016, serving as head student manager his final two years. Hillin also worked as an operations intern with the men's basketball team across the 2015-16 season.
 
A Houston native, Hillin graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s of business administration degree in marketing with a minor in sports management in December 2015. He is working toward a Master’s degree in business administration at HBU.
 
Hillin is the son of Kim and Bobby Hillin, Jr. His father, Bobby, was a NASCAR driver for 20 years, once holding the record for being the youngest driver ever to win a Winston Cup Series event.
 
REGGIE GALLANT JR. | Video Coordinator

Reggie Gallant Jr. is entering his first season as video coordinator for the HBU basketball program.
 
An Irmo, South Carolina, native, Gallant worked spent two seasons (2012-14) as the head manager for the University of South Carolina men’s basketball program under head coach Frank Martin.