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