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Wells named new Asst. AD, Harada joins staff

by Kalamalama staff



Kelly Wells was named HPU’s new assistant athletic director and assistant basketball coach on Sept. 7, capping a “summer of changes” for the HPU athletic department. Wells, a 33-year-old native of Morehead, Ky., re-joins his former college coach: athletic director and head basketball coach J.D. Barnett.

Wells brings a winning tradition to the Sea Warrior squad, having coached Mason County high school (Ky.) to a 172-56 record over seven years. In the last two years, his team amassed a 67-5 record, winning the Kentucky state championship in 2003 and finishing as state runner up this year. Mason County has been Kentucky Region 10 champion the past three years under Wells’ guidance.

Sports are in Wells’ Blood. As a high school player, Wells played for the 1990 Kentucky State All-Star team. He was recruited as a player when Barnett coached the University of Tulsa. He later played for Morehead State University, where his father, Mickey, coached the school’s women’s basketball program. One of the players on the women’s team was Shawne, Well’s wife of seven years.

Wells’ coaching philosophy was greatly influenced by Barnett’s, which stresses teamwork, ball handling, and disciplined defensive tactics.

Also joining the HPU athletic staff is Jeff Harada, who was named assistant to the athletic director and assistant basketball coach.

Harada returns to Hawai‘i after serving as director of basketball operations for four years at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned a degree in kinesiology from CU.

Harada has been active over the years in Hawai‘i prep athletics. He played baseball, basketball, and volleyball for Hawai‘i Baptist Academy and was named 1989 Division II Player of the year as well as earning All-State honors.



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