Charlie Spoonhour’s first game as a head coach was in Missouri and his last one was most likely in Missouri, as well. Spoonhour resigned as the head basketball coach at UNLV yesterday. The decision came two days after his Runnin’ Rebels suffered at 90-64 loss to Missouri at the Hearnes Center Sunday. He cited health concerns as his reason for stepping down. Spoonhour began his career as a head high school coach in Rocky Comfort, Missouri in 1961 and at Bloomfield, Missouri in 1963. His college coaching debut came in 1972 at Moberly Junior College. In 1983 Spoonhour made the jump to Division I, when he took over at SMS. In nine seasons he never had a losing record and led the Bears to five NCAA Tournament Appearances. He became the head coach at Saint Louis University in 1992 where things were a little tougher. The Billikens went to three NCAA tournaments in seasons and went to three NCAA tournaments. However, Spoonhour had his first two, and only, losing seasons at SLU. In two seasons at UNLV, Spoonhour had identical records of 21-11, but this season his team was 12-9. The Runnin’ Rebels improved to 13-9 last night with a 68-65 win over San Diego St. His son Jay, who is a graduate of Springfield Glendale High School, has taken over as interim coach.
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