Oklahoma to lose two assistants to head coaching jobs

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With success comes opportunity, and for assistant coaches that usually means the opportunity to run their own program.

Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger will have to account for the loss of two assistant coaches at season’s end, as it was learned Thursday that Lew Hill and Steve Henson have both been hired for head coaching jobs. Hill has been named the new head coach at UT Rio Grande Valley, and he’s been a member of Kruger’s coaching staff since 2004 when both were at UNLV.

As for Henson, he’s expected to be hired as the new head coach at UTSA where he’ll replace Brooks Thompson with this news being first reported by The Oklahoman. Like Hill, Henson began working on Kruger’s staff at UNLV in 2004. Since then the two assistants have been a part of eight trips to the NCAA tournament, three Sweet 16 appearances and this year’s trip to the Final Four.

These expected moves leave Chris Crutchfield as the lone remaining assistant on Kruger’s staff heading into the offseason.