STEVEN KEY | Assistant Coach
Steven Key is in his 25th year as assistant basketball coach at HBU, the 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.
Key helped the 2016-17 Huskies to the program’s most successful campaign since returning to Division I as they went 17-14 overall and and 12-6 in league play to tie for second and earn the fourth seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. HBU closed the regular season with nine-straight victories and reached postseason play for the second-consecutive year, receiving a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where the Huskies faced Campbell. In 2015-16, HBU participated 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 9-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 remembrance of her.
JUD KINNE | Assistant Coach
Jud Kinne is in his ninth season as assistant coach at HBU, serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Kinne helped the 2016-17 Huskies to the program’s most successful campaign since returning to Division I as they went 17-14 overall and and 12-6 in league play to tie for second and earn the fourth seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. HBU closed the regular season with nine-straight victories and reached postseason play for the second-consecutive year, receiving a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where the Huskies faced Campbell.
In 2015-16, the Huskies 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-Americans, 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 helped the 2016-17 Huskies to the program’s most successful campaign since returning to Division I as they went 17-14 overall and and 12-6 in league play to tie for second and earn the fourth seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. HBU closed the regular season with nine-straight victories and reached postseason play for the second-consecutive year, receiving a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where the Huskies faced Campbell.
He 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.
Jaren Murphy | Director of Basketball Operations / Camp Director / Marketing Coordinator
Jaren Murphy is in his first season as director of operations/marketing coordinator for the HBU basketball program.
Prior to HBU, Murphy played two seasons of basketball at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. A native Houstonian, Murphy was a two-time academic all-american at Texas College while also earning Dean’s List honors. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas College in 2018 and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. As director of operations, Murphy is primarily responsible for internal operations.
Murphy earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Texas College and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in sports management. He is the son of Parrish Murphy and Roberta Thomas-Murphy. He also has a brother Nathaniel Murphy.