Austin Kenon, one of the top shooting guards in VMI basketball history, rejoined the VMI basketball program as an assistant coach in May of 2017. Kenon was a standout 3-point threat over his four-year VMI career and ranks first on the school list in all-time treys with 349 made between 2007-11 which ranked third in the Big South Conference.
He culminated his Institute playing career with a stellar senior campaign in 2010-11 and was named first team All-Big South after leading the league in 3-pointers made (93) and 3-point percentage (.419). He placed second overall in the Big South in scoring in 2010-11 with an 18.4 points per game average and was led all scorers in conference games that season. He also served as the team captain.
Kenon is perhaps best remembered for his performance on Senior Night on February 15, 2011 when he drained eight 3-pointers on his way to scoring a career-high 39 points and grabbing eight rebounds in VMI's 79-69 win over Liberty at Cameron hall.
Kenon finished his VMI career ranked fifth in scoring all-time with 1,767 points.
After graduating from the Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May, 2011, Kenon, a Virginia Beach native, played a season professionally overseas competing in the LPB – Portugese Premier Basketball League in Funchal, Maderia.
Kenon most recently served as a Virginia Beach Corrections Officer/Deputy Sheriff since 2015 and also worked in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
Kenon coached basketball as an assistant on the Division III level from 2014-16 handling a wide array of duties including player development and recruiting.
“I am thrilled to welcome back Austin Kenon to VMI,” said Earl. “As I was searching for the best candidate to round out our staff, many things continued to bring me back to Austin. He was a tremendous player, who was known for his work ethic and leadership skills. More than anything, I know that he is a person of high integrity and character. With his experience as a Cadet and basketball player, he has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be a successful at VMI. Austin will be very valuable asset to our program, particularly in recruiting and in developing relationships with our players. I look forward to working with Austin and having him back at VMI.”