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McKenna New ISU Head Coach

Last updated on Thursday, March 29, 2007

(TERRE HAUTE, IN) - Indiana State University is expected to name a new men’s basketball coach at a news conference this afternoon.

The Terre Haute Tribune-Star reports that Creighton assistant Kevin McKenna has been offered the job, but had not officially accepted the position as of late Wednesday night. McKenna was one of three finalists for the job that opened earlier this month when former coach Royce Waltman's contract was not renewed.

Sycamores assistant Greg Lansing and Western Kentucky assistant Jeff Strohm were also considered. Indiana Assistant Coach Ray McCallum, a former head coach at Ball State and Houston, removed his name from consideration on Tuesday according to Indiana State Athletic Director Ron Prettyman.

McKenna was a head coach with Sioux Falls of the CBA and Division-Two Nebraska-Omaha. At UNO, he led the Mavericks to 20 or more wins in each of his four seasons and was North Central Conference Coach Of The Year in 2004 and 2005.

McKenna played collegiately at Creighton from 1977 through 1981 before spending eight seasons in the NBA with five different teams. He won an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in his rookie year of 1981-82 and had his best year with the Indiana Pacers in 1983-84, averaging a career-high six-point-three points per game.

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