Jay Spoonhour

Jay Spoonhour (born October 14, 1970)

Teams coached: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, Eastern Illinois Panthers
UNLV record: 6-4 (.600)
Eastern Illinois record: 119-157 (.431)
Overall record^: 125-161 (.437)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2015)
  • NJCAA National Championships:  1  (2001)   

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-2024 Missouri State (asst)
2012-2021 Eastern Illinois
2009-2012 Moberly Area CC
2006-2009 UTSA (asst)
2004-2006 Missouri (asst)
2004 UNLV (interim HC)
2001-2004 UNLV (asst)
2000-2001 Wabash Valley
1999-2000 Valparaiso (asst)
1996-1999 Saint Louis (asst)
1994-1996 Central Missouri State (grad asst)

Jay Spoonhour Facts

  • Jay Thomas Spoonhour
  • Born October 14, 1970
  • Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
  • Alma Mater: Pittsburg State University (BA, 1994)
  • His father is longtime college coach Charlie Spoonhour, who was head coach at UNLV, Saint Louis and Missouri State
  • After playing at Division II Pittsburg State, Spoonhour started his coaching career as a grad assistant at Central Missouri State
  • Joined his father’s staff for three seasons at Saint Louis, and also worked for a year as an assistant to Homer Drew at Valparaiso
  • Spent one year as the head coach and athletic director at Wabash Valley CC (IL)
    • Went 36-1 that season en route to winning the 2001 NJCAA National Championship
  • Rejoined his father at UNLV in 2001 as an assistant and after nearly four years, when his father resigned, he spent ten games as interim head coach
  • Spent two years as an assistant on Quin Snyder‘s staff at Missouri and three at UTSA under Brooks Thompson
  • Went 63-27 over three seasons as the head coach at Moberly Area CC
  • Hired in April 2012 as the head coach at Eastern Illinois
    • Led the Panthers to the 2015 CIT in his third season, finishing 18-15 (9-7) overall
    • Following the 2020-21 season, Spoonhour’s contract was not renewed; he finished with a 119-157 overall record
  • Spent the 2023-24 season on Dana Ford‘s coaching staff at Missouri State, where his father was head coach from 1983-92
    • Stayed at Missouri State following a coaching change, becoming the assistant athletics development director for men’s basketball

Jay Spoonhour Coaching Tree

  • Joe Kuligoski (Panola College)
  • Marc Stricker (Maryville)
  • Bob Sundvold (Missouri St. Louis)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only