Capel Adds Boyd, Krueger to Staff

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Jeff Capel announced two additions to his staff today. Deren Boyd is the program's new director of operations while Ryan Krueger is its new video coordinator.

"I am very excited about the additions of Deren and Ryan," said Capel. "In my opinion, these are both home run hires.

"I am so happy to welcome Deren back to the OU family. He brings a wealth of experience and talent to our program. Ryan also brings a mountain of experience. When you look at his résumé -- being a video coordinator and an assistant coach in the NBA and holding several different coaching positions on both the high school and collegiate levels -- he will be a valuable asset to our staff."

Boyd, formerly an OU athletics administrator, returns to the university for his third athletics department stint after spending the last two years as project/asset manager for Oklahoma City oil and gas producer Raven Resources.

Boyd's most recent OU position was assistant athletics director of development during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. Among his duties were the coordination and oversight of the annual giving campaign and priority seating program, major gift identification and solicitation, the Varsity "O" Association, Sooner Caravans and individual sport booster clubs. He also held titles of director of athletics development (2005-06) and assistant director of athletics development (2003-05).

Boyd's first experience with the department was with the women's basketball program. He worked under head coach Sherri Coale as the program's administrative assistant (1998-2000) and also served as interim assistant coach (2000-01) and director of operations (2001-02). The Sooners advanced to the national championship game his final year with the program before he left to become director of marketing for Global Sports Marketing in Cary, N.C., for a year.

A holder of two OU degrees, Boyd, 35, earned a bachelor's degree in health and sport science in 1998 and a master's in adult and higher education in 2006.

"My family and I are thrilled to be back at the University of Oklahoma and thankful to Coach Capel for the opportunity to join his staff," said Boyd. "It is an honor to be associated with what Coach Capel is doing here at OU and I look forward to working for him, his staff and the student-athletes."

The 32-year-old Krueger comes to Oklahoma from Lehigh University, where he served as an assistant coach last year for the Patriot League regular season and tournament champion. The Mountain Hawks finished 22-11 on the year and played No. 1 seed Kansas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City.

Krueger boasts coaching experience on the high school, prep school, collegiate and professional levels. Included were stints as the head coach for the Maryland Greenhawks of the Premier Basketball League in the fall of 2009 and as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. With the Nets, Krueger helped prepare the team's game plans throughout the regular and postseason, worked with the perimeter players on their individual skill sets, was responsible for determining opponents' in-game play calls and oversaw the video staff. In 2005-06, the Nets won the NBA's Atlantic Division with a 49-33 record.

Krueger's tenure with the Nets began in 2003 when he was named assistant video coordinator. He was promoted to head video coordinator less than a year later and served in that capacity until joining the coaching staff. Krueger also served as the video coordinator for the Rutgers men's basketball program during the 2007-08 season.

Krueger is well acquainted with Capel, as the former served as a graduate assistant coach at VCU during the 2002-03 season -- Capel's first year as head coach at the school. Also on Krueger's résumé are stints as an assistant post-graduate basketball coach at Maine Central Institute from 2000 to 2002 and as the athletic director at Bell High School and Lincoln Middle School in Washington, D.C., during the 2008-09 school year.

"I am extremely excited to be joining Coach Capel's staff," said Krueger. "Having worked with him in the past, I know firsthand the value he places on character and the commitment he has to winning. He has won everywhere he's been, and I'm anxious to be a part of that success at OU."

Krueger, who has also served as the individual skills trainer for former Net and current San Antonio Spur Richard Jefferson each summer since 2004, earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh in 2000 and a master's in sport leadership from VCU in 2007.

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