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Kevin McKenna

 
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Kevin McKenna is in his 11th season as assistant coach with the Oregon men’s basketball program and his 20th overall working with Dana Altman.

McKenna spent nine years as an assistant coach under Altman at Creighton University prior to becoming the head coach at Indiana State, where he coached from 2007-10, prior to joining Altman in Eugene.

McKenna has more than 25 years of coaching experience, including seven years as a head college coach in stints at both ISU and Nebraska-Omaha.

His 2009-10 Sycamores recorded the program’s first winning season since 2001. ISU also reached postseason play for the first time in nine years when it accepted a bid to the 2010 College Basketball Invitational. The Sycamores’ success, despite being devastated by injury for the greater portion of the Missouri Valley Conference slate, led McKenna to being tabbed as the MVC Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

The Sycamores finished the 2009-10 season as the nation’s No. 2 free throw shooting team. ISU’s 76.9 percent mark at the line finished just behind NCAA Tournament qualifier BYU on the Division I list.

At ISU, McKenna mentored Harry Marshall to Second Team All-MVC and MVC’s All-Defensive Team recognition. He also helped Jay Tunnell to All-MVC Honorable Mention and MVC Most Improved Team honors. In addition, Jordan Printy and Aaron Carter were tabbed as MVC All-Scholar Athletes under McKenna’s watch. He compiled a 43-52 overall record while posting a MVC mark of 24-30 in three seasons at ISU.

In the summer of 2009, McKenna was selected as the head coach of the Athletes In Action college basketball team during a tour of Poland and Germany. He led the team on an 11-day summer tour playing contests in Katowice, Poland as well as Berlin, Germany. The AIA team was comprised of NCAA Division I basketball players.

Before accepting the head coaching position at ISU, McKenna completed nine seasons at Creighton as an assistant coach. During that time the Bluejays went to four NCAA Tournaments as well as two National Invitation Tournaments. McKenna made the first of two stops on the Bluejays’ bench from 1994 through 2001, and then returned in 2005.

Before McKenna returned to Creighton, he spent four years across town as head coach at Nebraska-Omaha. He guided the Mavericks to four consecutive 20-win seasons, two North Central Conference titles and three appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.