Kerry Rupp

Kerry Rupp (born February 24, 1954)

Teams coached: Utah Utes, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Utah record: 9-4 (.692)
Louisiana Tech record: 57-73 (.438)
Overall record: 66-77 (.462)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2004)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2010)
  • Mountain West Tournament Champion:  1  (2004)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2014-2022 Oregon State (assoc. HC)
2012-2014 Montana (asst)
2011-2012 Hawaii (DBO)
2007-2011 Louisiana Tech
2006-2007 UAB (asst)
2004-2006 Indiana (assoc. HC)
2004 Utah (interim HC)
2000-2004 Utah (asst)

Kerry Rupp Facts

  • Kerry Lee Rupp
  • Born February 24, 1954
  • Hometown: Magna, Utah
  • Alma Mater: Southern Utah University (BA, 1977)
  • Graduated from Cyprus HS (UT) where he was All-American in basketball and all-state in football
    • Played basketball for two years at Utah State for head coaches T.L. Plain and Dutch Belnap
    • Transferred to Southern Utah in 1974, where he finished his degree and career, playing for coach Stan Jack
  • Started his coaching career at the high school level in Utah, serving as head boys’ basketball coach at Unitah HS (1978-79) and Murray HS (1979-82); worked as an assistant football coach for four years (1982-86) at Salt Lake City East HS, then four years as an assistant basketball coach followed by ten years as head basketball coach (1990-2000)
    • Won four region titles and appeared in two state championship games; served as AD at East HS from 1992-2000
  • Hired by Rick Majerus in 2000 to be an assistant at Utah, serving in that role for the next three and a half seasons
    • Part of two NCAA Tournaments (2002 and 2003) and one MWC title (2003) as an assistant
    • Served as interim head coach for the last 13 games of the 2003-04 season, leading the Utes to their first-ever MWC Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament
  • Joined Mike Davis‘ staff at Indiana in 2004, spending the next two seasons as the Hoosiers’ associate head coach
    • Followed Davis to UAB after his 2006 firing and spent one season with the Blazers as an assistant coach
  • Hired in 2007 to be the head coach at Louisiana Tech, spending four seasons in that role
    • Went 57-73 overall, highlighted by a 24-11 record and CIT appearance in 2009-10
    • Fired in 2011 after going 12-20 (2-14), his third sub-.500 season in four years at the helm
  • Spent one year on Gib Arnold’s staff at Hawaii as director of basketball operations
  • Worked under Wayne Tinkle for the next ten years, two at Montana (2012-14) and eight at Oregon State (2014-22)
    • Was part of three NCAA Tournaments with Tinkle, including the Beavers’ surprise Elite Eight run in 2021
    • In March 2022, Oregon State announced that Rupp’s contract would not be renewed

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