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Jay Spoonhour
Position: Assistant Coach
A 12-year collegiate coaching veteran, Jay Spoonhour begins his second season as an assistant coach at UTSA, where he assists with recruiting and practice coordination in addition to on-the-floor coaching duties.

Spoonhour, the son of legendary head coach Charlie Spoonhour (Missouri State, Saint Louis and Nevada-Las Vegas), came to UTSA from the University of Missouri, where he was an assistant coach for two seasons.

Before arriving at Mizzou, Spoonhour spent three years at UNLV from 2004-06, including a stint as UNLV’s interim head coach during the final month of the 2003-04 season. The Rebels went 6-3 the remainder of that season, advancing to the Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game and to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). UNLV posted a 60-35 overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances in his three seasons in Las Vegas.

In 2000-01, he was named the National Junior College Coach of the Year by both the the NABC and NJCAA after leading Wabash Valley College to a 36-1 record and the NJCAA Championship in his first and only season at the Mt. Carmel, Ill., school.

The Springfield, Mo., native began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Central Missouri State in 1994-96 and then served for three years as an assistant at Saint Louis in 1996-99.

All totaled, eight of the 11 teams Spoonhour has been a coach for have qualified for postseason play. In addition, he has coached 22 players who have played professionally, including current NBA players Larry Hughes, Marcus Banks, Linas Kleiza and Louis Amundson.

During the 1999-2000 season, Spoonhour also served as a color commentator for the Missouri Valley Conference and St. Louis Swarm of the IBL.

Spoonhour was a four-year letterwinner in basketball at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kan., earning honorable mention all-conference honors his senior season

Spoonhour and his wife, Nicole, have two children, daughter, Grace (4), and son, Charlie (2).


The Jay Spoonhour File

Head Coaching Experience
Career record: 42-4 (.913)
2004 interim head coach, UNLV
2000-01 head coach, Wabash Valley College

Coaching Experience
2006-present assistant coach, UTSA
2004-06 assistant coach, Missouri
2004 interim head coach, UNLV
2001-04 assistant coach, UNLV
2000-01 head coach, Wabash Valley College
2000 assistant coach, Valparaiso
1996-99 assistant coach, Saint Louis
1994-96 graduate assistant, Central Missouri St.

Playing Experience
College

1990-94 Pittsburg State
High School
1985-89 Central Dallas & Glendale High Schools (Springfield, Mo.)

Education
Earned bachelor of arts/science degree in physical education from Pittsburg State in 1994

Personal Data
Wife, Nicole ... daughter, Grace, and son, Charlie

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