Charlie Spoonhour

Charlie Spoonhour (1939-2012)

Teams coached: Southwest Missouri State Bears, Saint Louis Billikens, UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
Southwest Missouri State record: 197-81 (.709)
Saint Louis record: 122-90 (.575)
UNLV record: 54-31 (.635)
Overall record^: 578-265 (.686)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2001-2004 UNLV
1992-1999 Saint Louis
1983-1992 Southwest Missouri State
1981-1983 Nebraska (asst)
1975-1981 Southeastern CC
1974-1975 Oklahoma (asst)
1972-1974 Moberly JC
1968-1972 Southwest Missouri State (asst)

Charlie Spoonhour Facts

  • Charles Graham Spoonhour
  • Born June 23, 1939
  • Died February 1, 2012
  • Hometown: Mulberry, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: University of the Ozarks (BA, 1961) / University of Arkansas (MA)
  • Attended high school in Rogers, AR and then played basketball at Division III University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR
  • Started coaching in 1961 at Rocky Comfort HS in Missouri, followed by stints at Bloomfield HS (MO) and Salem HS (MO)
  • Joined Bill Thomas’ staff at then-Division II Southwest Missouri State in 1968
  • Spent two years as head coach at Moberly JC in Missouri and six years at Southeastern CC in Iowa; 205-63 overall record at the junior college level
  • In between those jobs, spent one year as an assistant to Joe Ramsey at Oklahoma; later was an assistant for Moe Iba at Nebraska for two seasons
  • Was the head coach at Southwest Missouri State for nine seasons, going to five NCAA Tournaments and two NITs
  • Spent seven seasons as the head coach at Saint Louis, going to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT
  • Last coaching job was a two and a half year stint at UNLV, leading the Rebels to two NITs before retiring during the 2003-04 and turning the program over to his son (and assistant), Jay Spoonhour
  • Diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2010, later died in 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC
    • Survived by his wife, Vicki, two sons and five grandchildren

Charlie Spoonhour Coaching Tree

  • Dave Rice (UNLV)
  • Jay Spoonhour (Eastern Illinois, UNLV, Wabash Valley)
  • Bob Sundvold (Missouri St. Louis, UMKC, Central Missouri)
  • Derek Thomas (Western Illinois)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA and Junior College levels