Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Lance Egnatz - Assistant Coach
Lance Egnatz, who has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., is in his first season as an assistant coach for The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball program.
“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.”
As Lincoln Memorial’s top assistant, Egnatz 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. Overall, he coached eight All-South Atlantic Conference players in his tenure.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Skyhawk family,” Egnatz said. “I thank Coach James for the opportunity and I am looking forward to getting the season started.”
Last season, the Railsplitters went 26-6 with a 14-4 South Atlantic Conference mark. Lincoln Memorial was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in program history at one point in 2011-12 and also set the school record for scoring defense at 62.3 points per game.
Two years ago, 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. He guided several prospects to NCAA Division-I and Division-II schools while at Polk State.
Egnatz began his coaching career at Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines, Fla., where he served as head coach for two seasons as well as one year as an assistant.
Egnatz played collegiately at both Pennsylvania State Beaver (1998-2000) and Lynn University (2000-02). He played for Lincoln Memorial’s current coach Josh Schertz 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.
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 with a degree in sports and recreational management in 2002. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University. Egnatz, 34, is married to the former Juliette Schohn of Paris, France.