Coach Kruger Has Successful Surgery

Runnin' Rebel head coach resting comfortably in recovery.

Aug. 2, 2007

LAS VEGAS - UNLV men's basketball head coach Lon Kruger underwent a successful heart procedure at a Las Vegas-area hospital Thursday afternoon and is resting comfortably in recovery.

The 54-year-old Kruger had his routine annual stress test last week and after doctors conducted further testing earlier this week, blockages were identified and the determination was made to do open-heart bypass surgery. Doctors performed six bypasses during the four-hour surgery.

It is anticipated that he could be released early next week to return home for recovery. Kruger fully anticipates being back at work and with the team prior to the season beginning.

"I would like to thank everyone for their concern and support," said his wife, Barb Kruger. "The surgery was very successful, Lon is doing well and we are looking forward to his full recovery."

The UNLV Athletics Department requests that all cards and well wishes be sent to the UNLV men's basketball office and that the coach's privacy is respected during this recovery period.

UNLV Men's Basketball Office
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-0011



UNLV head men's basketball coach Lon Kruger had successful open-heart bypass surgery on Thursday.