A.J. Kuhle recently completed his third season as an assistant coach at Air Force.
In his three years on the coaching staff, Air Force has posted a record of 68-28, including a school-record 26 wins in 2006-07. He also helped guide the Falcons to the NIT semifinals at Medison Square Garden in New York City. Combined with its 24 wins the previous year, Air Force is just one of 17 Division I teams to have at least 50 wins the past two seasons.
In his first season on the Falcons staff during the 2004-05 season, the Falcons had an 18-12 record. Kuhle was also the head coach of the Academy's junior varsity program. In addition, he was named Instructor of the semester in the physical education department in the fall of 2004.
A 2004 graduate of the Academy, Kuhle was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter for Air Force. As a senior co-captain, he was named the team's Most Valuable Player after helping the Falcons to a then-school record 22 victories and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 42 years.
Kuhle was also very instrumental in helping the Falcons return to the "Big Dance" in `05-06, when Air Force posted its best season ever with a final record of 24-7. The Falcons led the nation in scoring defense for the fourth consecutive season and finished fourth in the nation in three-point percentage at 40.4 percent. Air Force was in the top 20 in the nation in four other statistical categories as well.
As a player, Kuhle was a part of one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball history. Prior to his senior campaign, the Falcons had not had a winning season in 25 years.
He was honored by the Mountain West Conference as a second-team all-conference selection and led the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio in 2003-04 at 1.96 (90 assists, 46 turnovers). In addition, Kuhle was named to the all-district 8 team by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Known as an ironman in his four years at the Academy, he led the team in minutes played as a sophomore and junior and was second as a senior. He holds the MWC record for most minutes played in one game with 59 in Air Force's four-overtime game against Wyoming on Jan. 28, 2002.
Following his senior season in 2004, Kuhle earned the Bob Spear Award, given to the player that is outstanding in all areas of the Academy - academics, athletics and military performance. There is no higher award for a men's basketball player at the Air Force Academy.
Kuhle's name is also sprinkled around the Air Force record book. He is ranked No. 4 on the school's career list for games played with 111 and 10th on the all-time assists and three-pointers made lists with 241 and 115, respectively.
He continued his playing career in July of 2006 when he earned a spot on the San Antonio Spurs summer league team at the 2006 Rocky Mountain Revue.