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Sterling College to dedicate Lonnie Kruse Court
October 30, 2013
Coach Lonnie Kruse will be honored in the Gleason Center at 6:30 p.m. with a dedication ceremony naming the court after the long-time and winning coach. Kruse has served as head women’s basketball coach for 32 years and is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in Kansas. He is second on the active list for wins in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
“Coach Kruse has been a leader to not only the women’s basketball team, but the many other athletes that he has interacted with. His Christian faith influences every part of his life on and off of the court, and his family is continually opening up their lives to the athletes on the team. Coach Kruse excels at what he does but continues to be humble and appreciative of the awards he receives. It has been a privilege to work with him,” said Gary Kempf, athletic director.
Over the last 33 years, Kruse has served the college in many different capacities, coaching several different sports, teaching in the exercise science department, being the athletic director for 18 years and serving as part of the administration of the College.
Kruse put Sterling College on the map at the national level through his women's basketball program, taking his team to the NAIA women’s basketball national tournament 16 times over his 32 years as head coach, including 10 trips to the Sweet Sixteen, two trips to the Elite Eight and one Final Four appearance.
During his career, Kruse has completed 32 seasons of coaching with an overall record of 696-225. Thirty seasons ended with winning records, 20 of which had 21 or more wins overall. His teams have won 12 KCAC regular season titl