McKenna leaves Creighton, heads to Indiana St.

Updated: March 29, 2007, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Kevin McKenna, a former NBA player and an assistant coach at Creighton for nine years, was hired Thursday by Indiana State for his first Division I head coaching position.

McKenna succeeds Royce Waltman, who was fired this month after the Sycamores finished their sixth straight losing season with a loss to Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

"I am confident that he will continue his impressive string of successes at Indiana State," athletic director Ron Prettyman said of McKenna. "He is not only a fine recruiter and coach, but he is an educator. He has great plans for our program and will put together a coaching staff that is second to none."

McKenna, who played at Creighton, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1981 and was a little-used reserve on the Lakers' NBA championship team as a rookie. He played in the CBA the next season and returned to the NBA with the Indiana Pacers in 1983, when he started 13 games and averaged 6.3 points.

McKenna, 47, then played one year with New Jersey, one with Washington and returned to the Nets for his final two seasons in the NBA. He later played and coached in the CBA before the first of his two stints as an assistant at Creighton.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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