Lon Kruger receives John R. Wooden Legends Coaching Award

Earlier in the college's basketball season it was announced that Lon Kruger, Oklahoma's basketball coach, was awarded the John R. Wooden Legends Coaching Award this year.

The actual presentation took place on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the ESPN College Basketball Show.

The main coach finished his season at Oklahoma, taking the Assistants in the sixth NCAA contest during his eight years in Norman. The OU managed to leave the open round before he lost the Virginia national champion in the round of 32.

Kruger was the first coach to take five different schools to the NCAA Tournament and is the only coach to win at least one competition game with five different schools. His team Oklahoma went in 2016 and the Florida Florida team to the Final Four.

A record of 160-105 (.604) has been compiled by the principal OU coach at Oklahoma, ranked fifth in the history of the program in terms of overall winners. In 33 seasons as head college coach, Kruger has a record of 639-405 (.610). This is the 10th highest victory among active leadership coaches and is still the 30th best day.

Initially, a college coach was awarded the Legends of Coaching Award in 1999 which “shows that former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden has had great success and personal integrity.” T

Kruger joins a group of previous recipients who represent some of the largest college coaches ever. Previous winners include Dean Smith from North Carolina, Mike Kryzyzewski from the Duke, Roy Williams and Bill Self of Kansas, Jim Boeheim from Syracuse.

Over the past four seasons, Oklahoma's coach head mentored three NBA draft papers, the National Player of the Year (Buddy Hield) and the New National Person of the Year (Trae Young).

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