Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Lance Egnatz - Assistant Head Coach
After spending his first season with the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball program last year as an assistant coach, Lance Egnatz now enters his second year with the Skyhawks as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. His primary duties will be recruiting, scheduling, academics, scouting, on the floor coaching and the development of the post players along with assisting in all other aspects of the program.
“After my first season with the Skyhawks, I am looking forward to another year of hard and dedicated work with Coach James and the rest of the coaching staff in order to continue to improve our team and achieve our goals,” Egnatz said.
In Egnatz's first season at UT Martin, the Skyhawks battled injuries throughout the year but once a fully healthy roster shaped into form, the Skyhawks won five of eight games down the stretch to punch their ticket into the OVC Tournament. UT Martin downed OVC heavyweights Eastern Kentucky (25-10 record) at home and won on the road at OVC East champion Murray State (21-10) for the first time in program history.
“Lance is a very well-connected basketball mind who is willing to do what it takes to be successful,” Skyhawk head coach Jason James said. “In my mind, loyalty is a very important part of being in this profession and Lance is as loyal a guy as you will find. We all know that recruiting is a very important part of having a successful program and Lance has immersed himself in the recruiting process at a very high level. Our university will benefit from his hard work and dedication – we are very fortunate to have Lance as a part of our program and our community.”
Prior to UT Martin, Egnatz spent four seasons as Lincoln Memorial University’s top assistant. While at LMU, he was an intricate factor in a complete program turnaround and oversaw two of the winningest seasons in school history. In that span, Lincoln Memorial posted a 53-9 record and qualified for its first two NCAA Division-II Tournaments in program history. In addition to winning a conference title and a conference tournament title, they were the first team in that conference to ever reach the number 1 national ranking. Overall, he coached eight All-South Atlantic Conference players and two All-Americans in his tenure.
In Egnatz's last season with the LMU Railsplitters, the team went 26-6 with a 14-4 South Atlantic Conference mark, and during the 2011-2012 season, the team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in program history, while also setting the school record for scoring defense at 62.3 points per game. The previous season, in 2010-2011, Lincoln Memorial ranked as high as fifth in the country before finishing the season with a 27-3 record. The Railsplitters shattered program and conference records for victories (27), consecutive wins (22), winning percentage (.900) and conference wins (16).
Before his stint at Lincoln Memorial, Egnatz was an assistant coach for two seasons at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla. In his final season at the Division-I junior college, the Eagles tallied a 24-6 record and earned a No. 4 ranking in the state of Florida. During his time there, he guided several prospects to NCAA Division-I and Division-II schools, including UT Martin's own Djero Riedewald.
Egnatz began his coaching career at Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines, Fla., where he served as head coach for one season following one year as an assistant. In addition to his basketball duties, he also served as assistant athletic director and strength coach to all 13 sports. During his time at the high school, he also helped build Somerset’s athletic program from the ground up.
Egnatz played collegiately at both Pennsylvania State Beaver and at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. In addition to his basketball playing days, Egnatz also was a pitcher on the PSU Beaver baseball team, who advanced to the 1999 NJCAA World Series. Prior to that, as a high school player, Egnatz led the Seneca Valley (Pa.) High School basketball team to its first-ever postseason appearance.
A Pittsburgh, Pa. native, Egnatz graduated from Lynn University with a degree in sports and recreational management in 2002. He will complete his Masters Degree in Sports Leadership from Duquesne University in May 2014. Egnatz, 35, is married to the former Juliette Schohn of Paris, France. They are expecting their first child in January 2014.