Krull takes over as SPASH boys basketball head coach
Portage County Gazette
By John Kemmeter
Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) announced the hiring of Jon Krull as its boys basketball head coach Thursday, May 17.
Krull was an assistant coach in the SPASH program for the past eight years and takes over for Scott Anderson, who resigned from the position April 17.
“Jon Krull brings a wealth of basketball knowledge, coaching experience, along with a high level of passion and work ethic to the position,” said SPASH athletic director Michael Blair. “We are very excited to have coach Krull lead our SPASH boys basketball program.”
Krull played in high school at Marshall, where he led the team to three consecutive WIAA Division 3 State Tournament appearances.
He still holds the Division 3 State Tournament record for most points in a game, as he scored 36 points in a 75-64 over Ladysmith in the 2002 WIAA Division 3 State Championship Game as a junior.
Krull was named Third Team All-State as a freshman and a sophomore, and Second Team All-State as a junior and a senior, while he currently ranks 26th on the Wisconsin High School career scoring list with 2,094 points.
In college, Krull was a starter as a freshman and a sophomore on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) men’s basketball team’s back-to-back NCAA Division III National Championship teams in 2004 and 2005.
Anderson took over as the top assistant coach at UWSP for the 2005-06 season, when Krull led the Pointers in scoring and was a First Team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) selection as a junior.
The following year as a senior, Krull was a First Team All-WIAC selection and second on the team in scoring, when then-top-ranked UWSP lost 78-66 to Washington University (Mo.) in the Sweet 16 of the 2007 NCAA Division III Tournament.
Anderson was named the SPASH boys basketball coach for the 2009-10 season and Krull later joined his staff as an assistant coach, as SPASH won three-straight WIAA Division 1 Basketball State Championships from 2015 through 2017.
“His background as a player at UWSP and his tenure as an assistant coach in the premier basketball program in the state prepares him well for this position,” said Blair of Krull. “Jon has a high-level of commitment to SPASH and our student-athletes.”
“It’s a great hire,” said University of Wisconsin guard Trevor Anderson, SPASH’s all-time leading scorer and a member of the Panthers’ 2015 and 2016 State Championship teams. “I wanted it to go to (SPASH assistant coach) Phil Jagielo or to Jon, so that’s really good for the SPASH organization, that it’s going to be the same way we’ve done stuff in the past.
“Obviously it works, it’s been successful for the last nine years, and he’s going to carry it over with similar defensive and offensive principles,” he said. “He’s going to do a wonderful job, he’s a very composed person, kind of like my dad, and just even-keeled.
“Everyone knows what he’s done at UWSP as a player,” he said. “And I think his intelligence for the game and basketball IQ is really going to carry over and help the guys just get better in all aspects.”