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Jay Spoonhour
Jay  Spoonhour

Assistant Coach

The following bio is entering the 2003-04 season...

Jay Spoonhour, the son of head coach Charlie Spoonhour, is entering his third season as assistant coach at UNLV.

Jay came to the Runnin' Rebel program after serving one season as a junior college head coach at Wabash Valley College of Mt. Carmel, Ill. He accepted the job in October of 2000 after starting the school year as an assistant coach at Valparaiso University.

Though only at Wabash Valley College for one season, he coached the Warriors to the 2001 NJCAA National Championship with a record of 36-1. Their success gained Jay the NABC National Coach of the Year, the NJCAA National Coach of the Year, the Region XXIV Coach of the Year, the District IV Coach of the Year and NJCAA Coach of the Tournament awards.

Jay was an assistant at Saint Louis University from 1996-99. While at SLU, the Billikens achieved great success, highlighted by the 1998 team, which finished 22-11. SLU defeated the University of Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Kentucky in the second round.

Prior to working at SLU, Jay was a graduate assistant coach for two seasons at Division II Central Missouri State University along with fellow Rebel coach Deane Martin. The Mules were 46-17 in those years and made it to the NCAA Tournament twice - making the Elite 8 in 1995 and the regional semifinal in 1996.

Jay earned his bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State (Kan.) University in 1994. Playing basketball for PSU, Jay was honorable mention all-conference as a senior and finished second in the league in three-point shooting. He played his high school ball at Glendale High School in Springfield, Mo.

Jay, 33, is married to the former Nicole LaMia. The couple has a daughter named Grace, who was born in April.

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