The Oklahoma Sooners honored former men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger at halftime of the Sooners’ game with Florida at the Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday.
Kruger spent the final 10 seasons of his coaching career with Oklahoma, leading them to the 2016 Final Four. Kruger retired in March and was replaced by Porter Moser. The Sooners honored Kruger on Wednesday night because Kruger coached both teams. He previously led the Florida Gators in the 1990s.
Kruger retired with a long list of accomplishments, including becoming the first Division I coach to take five different teams to the NCAA Tournament. He took two of them to the Final Four (Florida and Oklahoma).
He finished with a career record 674-423, making him the 36th winningest coach in Division I history. Along the way, Kruger had 17 20-win seasons. He took his programs to 20 NCAA Tournaments and five Sweet 16s.
Personally, he was awarded the 2019 Legends of Coaching Award and 2017 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Metropolitan Award.
At Oklahoma, he became the first Sooners coach to win six NCAA tournament games within his first five seasons and was named the 2014 AP Big 12 Coach of the Year. He coached six first team All-Big 12 selections and 32 Academic All-Big 12 honorees. He also coached two T10 NBA Draft picks with the Sooners – Buddy Hield (2016, 6th) and Trae Young (2018, 5th). Hield was a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and national player of the year (2016), and Trae Young was national freshman of the year (2018).
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