Monday , Mar , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Runnin Rebs to name Kruger hoops coach

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – According to a published report out
of the Las Vegas Review Journal Monday, UNLV will name Lon Kruger as its new
coach after the National Invitation Tournament.

The paper also reported that players were told of the coaching move on Sunday
night after it was learned that UNLV will play Boise State on Wednesday, in
the first round of the NIT.

Kruger, will replace Charlie Spoonhour, who stepped down last Tuesday citing
health concerns, thus ending his three-year tenure at the school. Spoonhour’s
assistant coach and son, Jay, is serving as the program’s interim coach.

The Runnin Rebels are 18-12 and were defeated by Utah, 73-70, in the Mountain
West Conference tournament championship game on Saturday.

Spoonhour compiled a 54-31 record in his three years at UNLV, including
identical 21-11 marks in his first two seasons. He had previously coached at
Southwest Missouri State from 1983-92 and Saint Louis from 1992-99.

Kruger is no stranger to the college ranks. He was a head coach for 18
seasons at Pan American, Kansas State, Florida and Illinois. He guided the
Florida to a final four berth in 1994. Kruger led teams have made nine trips
to the NCAA Tournament and has had seven seasons of winning 20 or more

The 51-year old was last coaching in the NBA as an assistant with the New York
Knicks. He posted a 69-122 mark as head man of the Atlanta Hawks before being
fired during the 2002-03 campaign.