DURHAM, N.H. – Bill Herrion, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team, has announced the hiring of Marc Kuntz as an assistant coach of the program. Kuntz comes to New Hampshire after a seven-year stint at University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as associate head coach the last two seasons.
While at UMass Lowell, Kuntz was responsible for recruiting, scouting, player development and community and alumni outreach. He played an integral role in the program's rise to prominence over the past four seasons, helping the River Hawks to the 2010 NE-10 Conference Tournament Championship and four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 80-43 in that span.
"We're really excited to have Marc join our staff. We're getting someone that is coming from a very successful program at UMass Lowell," Herrion said. "I have great respect for head coach Greg Herenda, so I know we're getting a coach with great experience and a great work ethic. He will be a great addition to our staff."
Prior to arriving at UMass Lowell, Kuntz served as head coach at Wilmington (OH) College for one season. Previously, he served as an assistant at Wilmington (2003-04), Norwich University (2000-03) and as a student manager at Xavier University (1996-2000).
A 2000 graduate of Xavier, Kuntz was a student manager under the late Skip Prosser for three years while receiving his degree in sports management. While at Xavier, he worked with current and former NBA players James Posey (formerly Indiana Pacers), Torraye Braggs (formerly Houston Rockets) and David West (Indiana Pacers).
After graduation, Kuntz moved on to Norwich where he served under Paul Booth as the recruiting coordinator. Having brought in two recruiting classes, he was vital in helping the Cadets emerge from a 6-18 record in 2001-02 to a 14-12 clip in 2002-03, which marked the first winning season at Norwich in six years.
Kuntz then served as an assistant to Will Rey at Wilmington for one season before moving on to the head coaching position in 2004-05. After a 1-25 finish in 2003-04, he guided the Quakers to a much-improved 10-16 record in 2004-05, marking a nine-win improvement.