EIU hires Jay Spoonhour as head coach


CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Eastern Illinois has hired Jay Spoonhour as its new head men's basketball coach.

Eastern Illinois said Friday that it chose Spoonhour from a field of five finalists and will introduce him at a news conference Monday. Spoonhour replaces Mike Miller, who was fired after a 12-17 season

Spoonhour was 64-27 in three seasons at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri.

Before that, he worked as an assistant at Saint Louis, Valparaiso, UNLV, Missouri and Texas-San Antonio. He also briefly served briefly as interim UNLV head coach in 2004 when his father, longtime coach Charlie Spoonhour, took a leave of absence.

Jay Spoonhour and played college basketball at Pittsburg State in the early 1990s.

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