Jody Bailey | Assistant Coach
In his third season as the lead assistant with the University of New Orleans men’s basketball staff and his 23rd as a basketball coach overall, Jody Bailey’s duties include recruiting, coaching the back court and player development. In addition, he helps prepare scouting reports, develop game plans, break down film of both the Privateers and their opponents, and serving as the team’s liaison for NCAA compliance.
Bailey joined the program on Sept. 23, 2015, and has helped play a key role in the program’s renaissance over the last two years leading to an incredible 2017 season. In 2017 the Privateers posted a 20-12 overall record, won the SLC regular-season championship with a 13-5 league mark, claim the Southland Tournament title with a 68-65 overtime victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and advance to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time in 21 years.
Statistically in 2016-17 New Orleans lead the Southland Conference in assists per game (15.7), field goal percentage (.473), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.316) and fewest fouls per game (17.6) while ranking third in scoring margin (+3.6), scoring defense (69.2 ppg), steals per game (7.9) and turnovers forced per game (16.3).
Throughout his career Bailey has worked on the bench for four teams that have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in Louisville and New Orleans, and one that went on to play in the NIT Final Four with Air Force. He also won a national championship at the NCAA Division II level at Kentucky Wesleyan.
Bailey began his coaching career at the University of Louisville while learning under legendary, Hall of Fame head coach Denny Crum. Between his time at Freedom Hall and his arrival on the Lakefront, Bailey served as head coach at Calvary Christian Academy (1995-96), Eagles Landing Christian Academy (2002-04) and Jacksonville College (2010-15) and as an assistant coach at Indiana University-Southeast (1996-97), Beth Haven Christian School (1997-98), Kentucky Wesleyan (1998-99) and Tennessee Temple (1999-2002). His wide range of experience in the game also includes stints as an NBA Scout for Marty Blake & Associates (2004-06), video coordinator at Air Force Academy (2006-07) and Director of Operations at Colorado (2007-10). He has 10 years of Division I coaching experience.
Immediately prior to joining the UNO staff, Bailey spent five seasons as head coach at Jacksonville College in Texas where he led the Jaguars to a combined 96-62 overall record, including a string of three-consecutive seasons of 20-plus wins – a first for the program in 15 years – while playing in the Texas Eastern Conference, which is rated nationally as the premier junior college conference in America. Along the way, Jacksonville qualified for the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament and twice advanced to the event’s Final Four. Bailey was named Region XIV Co-Head Coach of the Year following the 2010-11 season and all 40 sophomores to play for Bailey at JC signed with four-year schools, including 14 joining NCAA Division I programs.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Bailey lettered in basketball, baseball and cross country as a prepster at Beth Haven Christian. Prior to his 1990 graduation and playing for his father, Bailey became the school’s career assists leader and his 903 helpers ranked fourth all-time in the state of Kentucky. He played collegiately at Tennessee Temple in 1990-91 and at Clearwater Christian College in 1991-92 before transferring to the University of Louisville and beginning his coaching career.
Bailey earned a pair of degrees from Louisville with a bachelor’s in physical education in 1995 and a master’s in physical education and sports administration in 1997. He is married to the former Joy Werle of Panama City, Fla., and the couple has two sons: J. Lawrence and Jaxon Steele.
Kris Arkenberg | Assistant Coach
The dean of the University of New Orleans men’s basketball assistant coaches, Kris Arkenberg begins his seventh season with the Privateers and second as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Arkenberg has helped play a key role in the renaissance of New Orleans Basketball.
In his current role, which has evolved since arriving on the Lakefront for the 2011-12 campaign, Arkenberg will coach the team’s guards, coordinate team travel, serve as an opponent scout and serve as the team’s academic liaison. Since being tabbed recruiting coordinator midway through the 2015-16 season, Arkenberg assumed the additional responsibilities of identifying potential student-athletes, evaluating players and coordinating official visits. Arkenberg was responsible for strength and conditioning and video coordination during previous seasons.
During his time at UNO, Arkenberg has helped develop the Privateers' guard play with continued success. During his first season in New Orleans, Arkenberg helped Brandon Knight became one of the nation's leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio and post the then-sixth most assists in school history with 150 dimes. A year later, Rarlensee Nelson tallied the second most assists (172 – six shy of the UNO record) and assists per game (6.615) in program history, and went on to tally seven games with double-digit assist totals. Last season, New Orleans went dancing for the first time in 21 seasons.
Between 2014-16, guard Christavious Gill earned All-Southland Conference honors – claiming honorable-mention recognition in 2014-15 and third-team distinction in 2015-16. – and the rising senior backcourt unit of Gill, Tevin Broyles and Nate Frye have combined to average 26.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.4 steals per game over the last three years. Last season, Erik Thomas was named Southland Conference Player of the Year and Gill was selected honorable mention.
While Arkenberg played a significant role in recruiting prior to being named coordinator last season, his impact in the effort was significant for the upcoming campaign as the Privateers landed five newcomers. Headlining the list of new talents are 2016 NJCAA All-American Makur Puou out of Vincennes University and Indian Hills Community College transfer Jorge Rosa, who claimed College Court Report Mid-Major Freshman of the Year while at Florida A&M during the 2014-15 season.
Prior to joining the New Orleans staff, Arkenberg served as an assistant coach at Panola College in 2010-11 and at Lincoln Trail in 2009-10. During those two seasons, Arkenberg helped his teams post a combined 28 wins and 15 of the student-athletes he coached went on to play at four-year schools – including former Privateer Isaac Mack.
Arkenberg got his start coaching at the college level as an undergraduate at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) during the 2008-09 season when the Jaguars posted a 16-14 overall record, a 9-9 mark in Summit League action and advanced to the conference tournament quarterfinals. During his time at IUPUI, he assisted in the day-to-day operations, helped recruit a scout team of the school’s general student body, and assisted coaching the team’s backcourt.
Following a stellar prep career on both the gridiron and the hardwood, Arkenberg originally enrolled at Franklin College where he played one season of football before transferring to IUPUI.
A native of Trafalgar, Indiana, Akrenberg completed his bachelor’s degree in general studies from IUPUI in 2009. He is married to the former Davlenn Deloney of Gilmer, Texas the couple are proud parents of their daughter Krislenn, and reside in New Orleans East.
Bil Duany | Assistant Coach
Bil Duany is in his third season as a member of the University of New Orleans men’s basketball staff. Duany works directly with the Privateer frontcourt and serves as a liaison to the strength and conditioning as well as the equipment staff. In addition, Duany assists with recruiting, prepares scouting reports and develops game plans for opponents.
Duany joined the New Orleans program following stints at the prep, club and collegiate levels, most recently as a graduate assistant at New Mexico State during the 2014-15 season. In addition, he was a head coach and assistant with Indiana Elite from 2008-14 and served as associate head boys coach at Southport High in Indianapolis.
Duany was a co-founder the Sports Revolution & A-HOPE Foundation, a program designed to help youth in his native South Sudan use their athletic talents to earn college scholarships in the United States.
In his first year with the Privateers, Duany played a major role in Kevin Hill putting together the best season of his career as a senior while assisting in the continuing development of rising juniors Travin Thibodeaux and Michael Zeno. His recruiting ability helped UNO land NJCAA honorable-mention All-American and fellow South Sudan native Makur Puou.
Last season, the Privateers went 20-12 en route to a Southland Conference regular season and tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time in 21 seasons where Duany helped play a key role in the renaissance of the program. Forward Erik Thomas was named the conference player of the year and Thibodeaux receive all-defensive team honors. Thomas received the Pete Maravich Award, given to the Louisiana Major College Player of the Year, Associate Press All-American Honorable Mention and NABC All-District 23 First Team.
Prior to his arrival on the Lakefront, Duany served on the staff at New Mexico State during the 2014-15 season and helped the Aggies go 24-11 overall, win both the Western Athletic Conference’s regular-season title and tournament title with a 13-1 league record and an 80-61 victory over Seattle in the WAC title game, and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. That season, Duany worked primarily with the post players, film evaluation, life skills and academic development.
Prior to his time in Las Cruces, N.M., Duany spent two seasons at Southport High while simultaneously wrapping a six-year span with Indiana Elite. At the prep level, Duany helped create scouting reports on opponents, develop post players and run workouts while also monitoring academic progression and mentoring students in the classroom. On the court, Duany helped the school one of the biggest turnarounds in state history as the program went 1-19 his first season while improving to 15-8 overall, win the Conference Indiana title with a 4-1 league record and advance to the state championship game in 2013-14.
At the AAU level, Duany coached four different classes and was able to help over 40 student athletes reach the NCAA Division I ranks. As a head coach, he guided his teams to tournament wins at the Adidas May Classic, Bob Gibbons TOC, Spiece Run-n-Slam, Las Vegas Super 64 and Adidas Invitational. As an assistant, Duany helped develop relationships throughout the region for player access and organized team travel.
Active away from the court as well, Duany co-founded the A-HOPE Foundation and served on its Board of Directors from 2007-11. In that capacity, he worked to evaluate international student-athletes, prepare visas and assist with the U.S. Embassy visa-appointment process and assist these student-athletes with international travel. Duany also assisted in A-HOPE’s fund-raising efforts and organize charity events.
A star student-athlete at Bloomington North High School in Indiana, Duany was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and a member of the prestigious Indiana Basketball All-Star Team in 2004 and played two seasons of basketball at Eastern Illinois (2004-06) before transferring to Indiana University in Fall 2006. While injuries derailed his athletic career, Duany completed his bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana in May 2009 and earned a master’s degree in education from New Mexico State in May 2016.