Nebraska-Kearney men’s basketball coach Tom Kropp will retire from coaching. Kropp spent 39 seasons with Loper basketball, the last 25 as head coach with a record of 482-245.
The Aurora native was an All-American basketball and football player at UNK and, after a professional basketball career, served as a graduate assistant and assistant coach under Jerry Hueser for 10 seasons.
“At 62 years old, I am one of the older basketball coaches in the profession, and every year I like to re-evaluate my options. My retirement from coaching is a timely decision, because the basketball program is showing strong potential for continued success under the leadership of Kevin Lofton, whom I fully support. In addition, I always wanted to return to teaching full-time toward the end of my career,” Kropp told Lopers.com.
He won three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season titles and two tournament titles, and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament 11 times. Kropp will teach full-time at the university. Co-head coach Kevin Lofton will become the sole head coach.