Kevin Kruger enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Northern Arizona men’s basketball team.
Kruger helped NAU to a program record 23 wins and four postseason victories as the Lumberjacks advanced to the championship game of the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Prior to NAU, Kruger spent a year on the Oklahoma men’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant under his father and OU head coach Lon Kruger. Kevin Kruger’s hiring marks as a return to the Grand Canyon State as he played three seasons for Arizona State from 2003-06. After earning his degree from ASU, Kruger transferred to UNLV to play for his father Lon, who was the UNLV head coach prior to moving to Oklahoma. In his one season at UNLV in 2006-07, Kruger helped the Rebels reach the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991. He earned All-Mountain West Third Team honors, and all-tournament team accolades.
Kruger was named an honorable mention All-Pac-10 and second team NABC District 15 selection in his third and final season at Arizona State. Also a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention honoree, Kruger left the Sun Devils fourth in career free throw percentage, fifth all-time in three-pointers made and attempted and seventh in three-point percentage.
Kruger had professional basketball stints in Bulgaria, Italy, China, Mexico, Belgium and Germany in addition to training camp invitations with the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks. He also played with the Utah Flash and Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Developmental League before landing his graduate assistant role with Oklahoma.
Kruger earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Arizona State, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree.