Kerry Rupp Joins IU Staff
June 11, 2004Bloomington, Ind. - Kerry Rupp, who most recently served as the interim coach at Utah and directed the Utes to the 2004 Mountain West Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, has been named an assistant coach at Indiana, IU head coach Mike Davis announced today. Rupp replaces Ben McDonald, who resigned last month to pursue other opportunities.
During his three-year Utah tenure, Rupp oversaw the Utes' scouting and underclassmen recruiting efforts that resulted in three straight NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of league titles. Davis feels that this blend of experience will be a valuable addition to the Indiana program.
"Kerry's success throughout his career, especially working for a great coach like Rick Majerus, speaks for itself," Davis said. "Kerry is a veteran coach with a tremendous work ethic, and he brings a lot of energy to a program. I am anxious to start working with him."
For Rupp, the opportunity to work at one of the nation's most storied programs was too good to pass up.
"I'm not just a `Utah guy', I'm a `basketball guy,' " Rupp said. "I've traveled all over the world and studied many successful coaches and programs. That is why getting the opportunity to work under the direction of Coach Davis at Indiana University is truly an honor."
Winning has been a constant throughout Rupp's career. Utah compiled a 70-26 (.729) overall record and 30-12 (.714) league ledger from 2001-04. Former Utah coach Rick Majerus credits Rupp for helping the Utes' development on and off the court.
"I think the word that characterizes Kerry best of all is `teacher.' He's a teacher extraordinaire, and he knows how to impart his knowledge and help players become better," Majerus stated. "Kerry is a genuine guy who has a heartfelt concern for the players, and yet he remains a tough disciplinarian who demonstrated that he can get our players to improve in the classroom, as well as on the court."
Rupp arrived at Utah after a successful, 24-year high school coaching career. He served as an assistant coach (1986-90) and then head coach (1990-2001) at Salt Lake City's East High School. In addition to leading the Leopards to four region titles and two state title game appearances, Rupp was also an assistant football coach and served as the school's athletics director from 1992-99. Rupp was named the 1999 Coach of the Year by the Utah High School Activities Association.
Prior to East High School, Rupp was the head boys' basketball coach at Uintah (1978-79) and Murray (1979-82) High Schools. Rupp also served as an assistant football coach at Salt Lake City South High School from 1982-86.
A 1972 graduate of Cyprus High School, where he was an All-American in basketball and all-state performer in football and basketball, Rupp played two years at Utah State before transferring to Southern Utah. Rupp earned his degree in physical education from Southern Utah in 1977, as he was named the Thunderbirds' team MVP and earned all-district and all-conference honors as a senior.
Rupp has been involved in basketball on several levels. He coached the Utah All-Stars against the adidas national team in 1995, and directed the Utah High School 4A All-Stars against the 5-A All-Stars in 1996 and 1997. He coordinated the Utah Jazz' Summer League (currently Rocky Mountain Review) when it was held at East High School in 1993 and was part of the Seattle Supersonics' summer league staff during the 1996 Rocky Mountain Review.
Rupp has also worked numerous basketball camps, including the Rick Majerus Big Man-Guard Camp and as director of the Karl Malone Basketball Camp. Rupp also served as the co-executive director of the Karl Malone Foundation For Kids.
Rupp and his wife, Lori, have five daughters and three grandchildren.
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