Coach Bill Krueger wins Morgan Wootten Award for boys' basketball

A legendary local basketball coach is being honored for his amazing career.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named Bill Krueger from Clear Lake High School as the 2019 winner of the Morgan Wooten Award for Boys' Basketball.

During his 39-year head coaching career, he compiled more than 1,000 wins – with a winning percentage of nearly 81.5 percent.

Krueger retired in 1996 as the winningest high school basketball coach in the country.

His teams had 30 or more wins in 18 seasons and never had a losing season.

He guided three different high schools to the state basketball tournament, winning two state championships and 29 district championships.

"This is definitely a 'we' thing and not a 'me' thing," Krueger says. "I had all of the help you could ever get. I was in the right school districts. I had players that really loved the game and gave me 100 percent. That's all you could ask for."

Krueger says he loved going to work every day he was coaching.