Dunleavy announces Tulane Men’s Basketball staff promotions, hires Cannen Cunningham
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane Men’s Basketball has made two promotions and one addition to its supporting staff ahead of the 2018-19 season according to an announcement by third-year head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr., on Tuesday afternoon.
Donald Reyes, who served as the team’s director of basketball operations for the last three seasons, begins a new role as director of student-athlete development. Kevin Dunleavy, who coordinated the program’s video operations last year, has been elevated into Reyes’ previous title. Additionally, Cannen Cunningham joins the staff as the team’s associate director of video operations.
“We’re always looking to help our staff members grow and reach their career goals,” Dunleavy said. “Donald did an excellent job as our director of operations, so he’s taking a step forward and Kevin is moving up the ladder and has a great mentor in Donald.”
Cunningham had a strong four-year collegiate career at SMU from 2011-15, where he established a program record for games played with 134 and helped the Mustangs reach the 2015 NCAA Tournament. His 131 blocks ranked sixth and his 52.1 percent field goal percentage stood 10th in school history at the time of his graduation.
“Any time you can add a former player with a strong basketball IQ, it’s a bonus for us,” Dunleavy said. “Cannen’s job is cutting film, but he also has the ability to study it and bring things he sees to our staff. It’s another basketball mind who will contribute to our program.”
Cunningham played one professional season overseas in Poland, before returning home to pursue his coaching passion. He got his start as a middle school head coach at Coram Deo Academy in Flower Mound, Texas, guiding the team to the district title in 2016-17, while also serving as assistant coach for the Texas Titans’ U15 team on the AAU circuit.
In 2017-18, he took over as head coach at Highland Park Middle School in Dallas, guiding the A, B and C teams to respective district titles. In addition, Cunningham was head coach of Drive Nation’s U16 AAU team during the 2018 spring, leading the club to a 7-4 record on the EYBL circuit.
Tulane opens the regular season at home on Sunday, November 11 against No. 17/15 Florida State. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse and the game will be streamed live on the WatchESPN app.
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