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.