Heart surgery for Lon Kruger

On the sidelines four months ago while leading UNLV to its first Sweet Sixteen appearance in 16 years, Runnin' Rebels head basketball coach Lon Kruger looked to be the picture of good health. In fact, it could have been argued that the slim-and-trim 54-year-old Kruger looked to be in better shape than some of his players. But that was on the outside.

Just a week after 56-year-old Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser died stunningly from a heart attack, Kruger underwent a successful heart procedure at a Las Vegas-area hospital Thursday afternoon and a school press release said he is resting comfortably in recovery.

Kruger had his routine annual stress test last week and after doctors conducted further testing earlier this week, blockages were identified and the determination was made to do open-heart bypass surgery. Doctors performed six bypasses during the four-hour surgery.

It is anticipated that he could be released early next week to return home for recovery. Kruger fully anticipates being back at work and with the team prior to the season beginning.

"I would like to thank everyone for their concern and support," said his wife, Barb Kruger. "The surgery was very successful, Lon is doing well and we are looking forward to his full recovery."

The UNLV Athletics Department requests that all cards and well wishes be sent to the UNLV men's basketball office and that the coach's privacy is respected during this recovery period.


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