May 7, 2012
Kerry Rupp has been selected to serve as an assistant basketball coach at The University of Montana, announced seventh year Grizzly mentor Wayne Tinkle today. He replaces Bill Evans who left UM to become the head coach at Idaho State.
Rupp comes to UM from the University of Hawaii where he served as the Director of Operations this past season. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Louisiana Tech for four seasons, from 2007-11. In his time at Tech, he took the program to new heights, including a 24-11 record in the 2009-10 season, and that team advanced to the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). That season he was named the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year, leading the Bulldogs to their best record since 1985.
Prior to his stint at Tech, Rupp had stints at Alabama-Birmingham, Indiana and Utah, with several years of experience in the collegiate coaching ranks, and a history of being involved with winning programs. He has developed a reputation as one of the top recruiters in college basketball today.
"We are thrilled to be adding a person with the experience of Coach Rupp to our program and our staff," Tinkle said. "He brings a ton of energy, intensity, and wisdom, as he has great experience and great recruiting ties. He is an unbelievable teacher of the game and loves time on the court with the players.
"I think he's going to be a great addition," Tinkle said. "When you have the success that we've had, you're going to attract candidates such as Kerry, and we know that he's going to help us continue to improve."
Prior to the 2006-07 season at UAB, Rupp was associate head coach under Mike Davis at Indiana from 2004-2006, when the Hoosiers played in the NIT in 2005.
From 2000-2004, Rupp coached under Rick Majerus at the University of Utah, where the Utes amassed an impressive 70-26 overall record, went to three NCAA Tournaments, and received an NIT bid, and went to the Mountain West Championship game twice. Rupp recruited Andrew Bogut to Utah, who would become the National Player of the Year, First Team All-American and the top pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Rupp arrived at Utah after a successful 24-year high school coaching career, where he served as an assistant coach (1986-90) and then head coach (1990-2000) at Salt Lake City's East High School, leading the Leopards to four region titles and two state title game appearances. He was named the 1999 Coach of the Year by the Utah High School Activities Association.
He was the head boys' basketball coach at Unitah (1978-79) and Murray (1979-82) high schools. Rupp also served as an assistant football coach at Salt Lake City South High School from 1982-86. A 1972 graduate of Cyprus High School, where he was an All-American in basketball and all-state performer in football and basketball, Rupp played two years at Utah State before transferring to Southern Utah. He was named the Thunderbirds' team MVP and earned all-district and all-conference honors as a senior in 1977.
Rupp has also worked numerous basketball camps, including the Rick Majerus Big Man-Guard Camp and was director of the Karl Malone Basketball Camp. Rupp also served as the co-executive director of the Karl Malone Foundation For Kids.
Rupp earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Southern Utah in 1977. He was born Feb. 24, 1954. He and his wife Lori have five daughters; Alie, Lindsey, Shelby, Billie and Randie, and six grandchildren.
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