Former Missouri State, Saint Louis Coach Spoonhour Dies

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago February 01, 2012 Feb 1, 2012 Wednesday, February 01 2012 Wednesday, February 01, 2012 1:31:00 PM CST in Basketball
By: Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -  The coach who led Saint Louis University to three NCAA tournaments during the 1990s, died Wednesday after fighting lung disease. Charlie Spoonhour was 72.

Spoonhour also led the men's basketball program at Missouri State and UNLV. Spoonhour was diagnosed in 2010 with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The condition required a lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Spoonhour compiled a 373-202 record in 19 seasons as a Division I head coach.

Spoonhour first became prominent at Missouri State, then known as Southwest Missouri State. He was 197-81, leading the squad to the NCAA tournament five times.

Spoonhour moved on to Saint Louis University in 1992. His teams were well known for swamping opponents with a barrage of 3-pointers.

SLU ended a 20-year NCAA tournament drought under Spoonhour, who guided the team to two consecutive 23-win seasons and back-to-back NCAA berths in 1993-94 and 1994-95.

Spoonhour compiled a 122-90 record in seven seasons at SLU. He then retired for a short time before returning to coaching at UNLV, going 54-31 in three seasons. He retired one last time after the 2003-2004 season.

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