Charlie Spoonhour

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Charlie Spoonhour (June 23, 1939 – February 1, 2012) was a high school and college basketball coach.

Spoonhour was born in Mulberry, Kansas, attended high school in Rogers, Arkansas, and received an education degree from the University of the Ozarks.[1] He spent seven seasons as a high school basketball coach, then fourteen seasons bouncing between Division I assistant coaching positions and junior college head coaching positions. This included a four year stretch from 1969 to 1973 as an assistant coach on the staff of head coach Bill Thomas at then-Division II Missouri State.[2]

Ten years later, Spoonhour was on the staff of Nebraska coach Moe Iba, when he was hired as the head coach of Missouri State for the 1983-84 season, a year after the Bears had moved up to Division I. He led the Bears to five NCAA Tournament appearances in a six-season stretch from 1987 to 1992. His best season was in 1986-87 when the Bears won the Mid-Continent Conference with a 13-1 mark and finished 28-6. Behind future NBA point guard Winston Garland,[2] they made it to the second round of the 1987 NCAA Tournament as a #13-seed, beating 4th-seeded Clemson 65-60 before losing to 5th-seeded Kansas 67-63.[3]

After the 1991-92 season, he went to Saint Louis University, where he led the Billikens to three NCAA tournament appearances in seven seasons. In 2001, he went to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he retired from coaching following the 2003-04 season.

In 2010, he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and placed on the recipient list for a lung transplant. He received the lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in August 2010, and was said to be in good condition, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He spent the next six months recuperating at Duke.

On February 1, 2012, Spoonhour died at the age of 72.

On April 6, 2012, Spoonhour's son, Jay Spoonhour, was named the head men's basketball coach at Eastern Illinois University.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Missourl State Bears (AMCU-8/Mid-Continent) (1983–1990)
1983-1984 Missouri State 18-10 9-5 3rd
1984-1985 Missouri State 17-13 8-6 4th
1985-1986 Missouri State 24-8 10-4 2nd NIT Quarterfinals
1986-1987 Missouri State 28-6 13-1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1987-1988 Missouri State 22-7 12-2 1st NCAA 1st Round
1988-1989 Missouri State 21-10 10-2 1st NCAA 1st Round
1989-1990 Missouri State 22-7 11-1 1st NCAA 1st Round
Missourl State Bears (Missouri Valley Conference) (1990–1992)
1990-1991 Missouri State 22-12 11-5 2nd NIT 1st Round
1991-1992 Missouri State 23-8 13-5 1st NCAA 1st Round
Missouri State: 197-81 97-31
Saint Louis Billikens (Great Midwest/Conference USA) (1992–1999)
1992-1993 Saint Louis 12-17 1-9 6th
1993-1994 Saint Louis 23-6 8-4 2nd NCAA 1st Round
1994-1995 Saint Louis 23-8 8-4 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1995-1996 Saint Louis 16-14 4-10 3rd [Blue] NIT 1st Round
1996-1997 Saint Louis 11-18 4-10 3rd [Blue]
1997-1998 Saint Louis 22-11 11-5 3rd [American] NCAA 2nd Round
1998-1999 Saint Louis 15-16 8-8 5th [American]
Saint Louis: 122-90 44-50
UNLV Rebels (Mountain West) (2001–2004)
2001-2002 UNLV 21-11 9-5 3rd NIT 2nd Round
2002-2003 UNLV 21-11 8-6 T-3rd NIT 1st Round
2003-2004 UNLV 12-9 4-6 5th
UNLV Rebels: 54-31 21-17
Total: 373-202

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenbath, Mike (January 5, 1997). "As Cincy Visits, Bills Still Groping". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  2. ^ a b Novak, Thad. "Mike Anderson to Arkansas: Top 10 Coaches Who Starred Where They Were Assistants". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 7 Nov 2011. 
  3. ^ 2010-11 Missouri State Men's Basketball Annual. Missouri State University. 2011. p. 158. 

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