Oklahoma Sooners have hired Kevin Kruger as a basketball assistant coach

Kevin Kruger returns to Oklahoma after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona

After losing two assistant coaches to head coaching positions in the last two weeks, the Oklahoma Sooners moved quickly to fill at least one of those spots. Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger announced Wednesday that the Sooners had hired Kevin Kruger as an assistant coach.

“We’re very pleased to have Kevin join our Oklahoma staff,” Lon Kruger said in a release by the university. “His experience playing professionally around the world combined with his time at Northern Arizona gives him a great base from which to work. His ability to relate with elite student-athletes mixed with his passion for player development will make him a great fit in Norman.”

Kevin Kruger, the son of Lon Kruger, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for Northern Arizona but was a graduate assistant with Oklahoma during the 2013-14 season. Kevin Kruger, 32, played professionally in six different countries and received invites to multiple NBA training camps.

He played for three years at Arizona State before transferring to UNLV after graduating to play one season for his father.

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“I’m incredibly excited and honored to have the opportunity to join this elite program,” Kevin Kruger said in the release. “Being so close to it the past five years, I have a great feel for the culture and atmosphere. I’m prepared to come in and contribute to that in any way possible to help keep this program performing at the highest level.”

The Sooners, who are coming off a 29-win season and a trip to the program's fifth Final Four, still have one more assistant coach opening after the departure of Steve Henson (UTSA) and Lew Hill (UT-Rio Grande Valley).

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