Kendrick Saunders is in his second season as an assistant coach in 2013-14 after spending the previous two years on the staff at Princeton.
Last year, the Midshipmen improved by five wins from the previous season, ranking as the ninth-best single-season improvement in school history. Saunders played a vital role in game-planning and was instrumental in the development of Navy's youngsters as the freshman class set the school record for percentage of points scored by a freshman class in a season.
Tilman Dunbar was named to the Patriot League all-Rookie Team and Navy showed glimpshes of its potential with a lineup that featured no seniors on the roster. Navy would start two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior for a majority of the season and the Navy defense ranked 42nd nationally and second in the Patriot League in scoring defense, recording the third-lowest defensive scoring average in school history.
An outstanding recruiter who works tirelessly on the road, Saunders has injected young talent in the program at Navy, lending a hand in the recruitment of several of Navy's freshmen and sophomores.
Saunders served as the director of basketball operations at Princeton before arriving at Navy, helping the Tigers to the 2011 Ivy League Championship and 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.
Prior to his arrival at Princeton, Saunders served as an assistant coach at Army during the 2006-10 seasons, spending five years under 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. During his last year at Frostburg State, the Bobcats compiled a 14-12 mark. Prior to his tenure at Frostburg, Saunders spent four years as the top assistant at Hunter College in New York City, where he coordinated the team's recruiting efforts, monitored players' academic progress and managed the preseason conditioning program.
A 1998 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Fla., Saunders earned a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in physical education. He played point guard and served as the team captain during his senior season. Saunders embarked upon his coaching career immediately upon graduation, serving a one-year stint as an assistant basketball coach at his scholastic alma mater, Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md., before moving on to Hunter College.
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 (6) and Hezekiah (4).