Arkell Bruce is one of the country’s most respected coaches in the Prep school world. He enters his eighth season as head coach of Huntington Prep. Bruce has been impactful on both the court and on the recruiting trail in his time with the kings.
Bruce is from Huntington, W. Va., where he helped build one of the country’s elite prep school programs. Huntington Prep finished top 25 nationally on numerous occasions while always playing one of the premier HS schedules in the country. Bruce coached numerous high-level players and the country’s No. 1 high school player, NBA champion Andrew Wiggins
A 2002 graduate of Mountain state university, Bruce began his career as a skill development coach. He started his own AAU program the WV select in 2003/04 where he had a top 10 finish at AAU nationals in 2005. He went on to coach WV state title champions Huntington High School as an assistant coach in 2007/08 where he coached OJ Mayo and Patrick Patterson. Bruce then went under the tutelage of Donnie Jones at Marshall University as a Grad Asst. And then Mountain State Academy as an asst coach under Rob Fulford in Beckley, W. Va. (2008-09) After helping establish the program, his team ranked as high as No. 30 nationally and was selected to play in the inaugural ESPN Rise National Championship.
Bruce then helped to start the basketball academy in Huntington, helping the program move into the national rankings in just its second year of existence. Since 2009 Huntington Prep has been a staple in national high school basketball with over 50 college players and over 30 pros.
Bruce attended Huntington High School in Huntington, W. Va., and was a talented athlete, Arkell and his wife Jennifer have 5 children, 2 sons Gavin and Arkell jr. and 3 daughters Kamden, Kollins and Mya.