RAPID CITY --- The third and final
candidate for the South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball head coaching
position is Kelly Kruger, former women's basketball head coach at Adams State
University in Alamosa, Colo. Kruger was on campus Monday for a public press
conference to express his interest in the job and answer any questions the
local media and public might have.
While at Adams State, Kruger amassed a
won-loss record of 96-101 in seven seasons at the helm of the women's
basketball program. The Grizzlies made two consecutive runs to the NCAA Women's
Basketball Tournament under Kruger during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
Prior to his stint in Alamosa, Kruger held the head coaching for the
Southwest Minnesota State women's basketball program in Marshall, Minn., for 14
seasons (1991-2005) and was the assistant coach there as well for two year in
1989-1991. Before that, Kruger was the women's basketball head coach at NAIA's
Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.