LOUISIANA TECH announced April 13, 2007, that Kerry Rupp has been named the sixteenth men’s basketball head coach in the program’s illustrious history. Rupp comes to Tech after stints at Alabama-Birmingham, Indiana and Utah with plenty of years of experience in the collegiate coaching ranks, and a history of being involved with winning programs.
Rupp has also developed a reputation as one of the top recruiters in college basketball today and looks to bring Louisiana Tech basketball back to prominence.
Prior to this past season at UAB, Rupp was associate head coach under Mike Davis at Indiana from 2004-2006, when the Hoosiers made an NIT berth in 2005. Rupp also coached DJ White who was named the 2005 Big 10 Freshman of the Year and recruited and signed Ben Allen from Melbourne, Australia, who participated on the World Team in the 2005 Nike Hoop Summit.
From 2000-2004, Rupp coached under Rick Majerus for the University of Utah, where the Utes amassed an impressive 70-26 overall record, went to three NCAA Tournaments, an NIT bid and went to the Mountain West Championship game twice. Rupp was also responsible for the Utes’ recruiting of Andrew Bogut, who would become the National Player of the Year, First Team All-American and the top pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Rupp also had duties as interim head coach for the part of the 2004 season at Utah and finished with a 10-4 record with a Mountain West Tournament Championship for the first time in school history.
Rupp arrived at Utah after a successful 24-year high school coaching career, where he served as an assistant coach (1986-90) and then head coach (1990-2000) 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 also was an assistant football coach and served as the school's athletics director from 1992-2000. 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 Unitah (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 he directed the Utah High School 4A All-Stars against the 5A 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 was director of the Karl Malone Basketball Camp. Rupp also served as the co-executive director of the Karl Malone Foundation For Kids.
Men's Basketball - Head Coach
Date of Birth: Feb. 24, 1954
Wife: Lori; Daughters: Allie, Lindsey, Shelby, Billie, Randie
Southern Utah, 1977; B.S.
2006- UAB Assistant
2004-06 Indiana Associate
Interim Head Coach
1992-2000 Salt Lake City East HS
1990-2000 Salt Lake City East HS
1986-90 Salt Lake City East HS
1982-86 Salt Lake City East HS
Assistant Football Coach
1979-82 Murray (Utah) HS
1978-79 Unitah (Utah) HS
2006 NCAA Tournament Indiana
2005 NIT Indiana
2004 NCAA Tournament Utah
2003 NCAA Tournament Utah
2002 NCAA Tournament Utah
1972-74 Utah State University
1974-77 Southern State
Outstanding Basketball Player
(Southern Utah - 1977)
All Conference and All District
(Southern Utah - 1977)