Men's Basketball Coach Bio
|Title:||Assistant Coach |
Recruiting territories: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, MN, IA, MO, AR, LA, ND, SD, ME, KS, OK, TX, Canada, International
Recruiting Areas: New England, Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Canada, International
Ryan Krueger enters his second season back on the Lehigh coaching staff following one season with the University of Oklahoma men’s basketball staff. A 2000 Lehigh graduate, Krueger reunites with head coach Brett Reed and associate head coach Antoni Wyche. Krueger was a Lehigh assistant during the Mountain Hawks’ 2009-10 Patriot League Championship season before departing for the Big 12. Krueger promptly led Lehigh to another championship, and NCAA Tournament win over Duke in his first year back in Bethlehem.
Krueger has a variety of experience in his basketball coaching career, perhaps none more valuable than his time as an NBA assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets. His experiences have proved important during Lehigh’s Patriot League Championship seasons through the development of players, through his ability to do technical work with advance scouting and more.
"Ryan has been very instrumental to our championship season and has been, and will continue to be, very well received by our players as they recognize and respect his basketball ability," said Reed.
A tremendous work ethic led Krueger from his time as an engineering student at Lehigh to his four-year stint with the Nets (2003-07), a Big 12 power in Oklahoma, then ultimately back to Bethlehem for his second stint with the Mountain Hawks’ staff.
Krueger first started out as an assistant video coordinator with the Nets, then was quickly promoted in successive years to being on the bench in the NBA for two seasons. Upon completion of his time with the Nets, he went onto experiences at Rutgers and then as a head coach of a professional team (the Maryland GreenHawks) out of the Premier Basketball League before returning to Lehigh in 2009-10.
Krueger began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Virginia Commonwealth University in August of 2002.