Kruger's Contract Extended
Aug. 8, 2008
LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Board of Regents approved a one-year contract extension for UNLV men's basketball head coach Lon Kruger during its meetings August 7-8 in Reno. Kruger is now under contract through the 2012-13 season.
"The extension is well-deserved and we're looking forward to continuing the success of Rebel basketball with Lon Kruger as our coach," said UNLV Athletics Director Mike Hamrick.
Kruger will enter his fifth season at UNLV in 2008-09. He has compiled a four-year mark of 91-42 (.684), including a record of 57-15 (.792) over the last two seasons. He was named the Mountain West Conference's Coach of the Year this past season. He also was recognized as the United States Basketball Writers Association's District VIII Coach of the Year and was a finalist for national coach of the year honors.
"Barb and I love living in Las Vegas and appreciate the opportunity to work with the young men in our program," Kruger said.
UNLV's 57 wins over the past two years ranks ninth in the country among teams that have played in each of the last two NCAA tournaments and is the second-most victories over the last two years among teams in the West, only behind UCLA.
The Runnin' Rebels finished the 2007-08 season with an overall record of 27-8 and lost to eventual national champion Kansas in the NCAA Tournament's second round. The appearance in the NCAA Tournament was the second straight for UNLV, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2007, and was the first time that the Runnin' Rebels won games in back-to-back NCAA tournaments since 1990 and 1991.
UNLV also won its second consecutive MWC Tournament championship in 2008. The team has a 15-game home winning streak, which is the 11th-longest active streak in the country. Kruger's squad has compiled a record of 38-3 at home over the last two seasons and also has won 24 straight games against MWC opponents at the Thomas & Mack Center.