HARROGATE, Tenn. — With the departure of four-year assistant coach Lance Egnatz, Lincoln Memorial University head men’s basketball coach Josh Schertz has announced the reshuffling of his coaching staff heading into the 2012-13 season. Chris Cottrell will be moved into the top assistant spot with Cameron Whicker set to move into the second assistant spot. LMU men’s basketball alumni Tony Martin will take the graduate assistant spot for the Railsplitters.
“I am pleased to announce that we have been able to reshuffle our staff by promoting from within,” stated head coach Josh Schertz. “Chris Cottrell will move to a full-time position which is great for both him and our program. In my opinion there is no better assistant coach in the country at the Division II level, Chris’ passion and commitment have benefitted our program tremendously both on and off the court.”
Chris Cottrell has served as the second assistant for the past four seasons at Lincoln Memorial, overseeing the two most successful seasons in the history of Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball. In 2010-11, the Railsplitters finished the season with a 27-3 mark, setting the standard of excellence for wins, conference wins, winning percentage and consecutive wins in the South Atlantic Conference.
In 2011-12, Lincoln Memorial University attained the No.1 national ranking, the first school in the history of South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball to accomplish that feat. The Railsplitters rallied off 15 consecutive victories to open the season en route to reaching their second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and advancing in the tournament for the first time in school history. The Railsplitters completed the 2011-12 campaign with a 26-6 mark.
Cottrell is a native of upstate New York where he attended Queensbury High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History at High Point University in 2007 and a Master’s in Sports Management in 2009.
Joining Cottrell as a full-time assistant, Cameron Whicker makes the move to the second assistant spot after a year at Lincoln Memorial University as a graduate assistant.
“Cameron Whicker will move into a full-time position on our staff after serving as a graduate assistant coach last season,” commented coach Josh Schertz. “Cam possesses the three things I look for in hiring people: Energy, Intelligence, and Character. He enhanced our staff in a variety of ways last year, and will tackle this expanded role with the focus and commitment necessary to help us get better.”
Whicker is a native of Huntersville, North Carolina and a graduate of Hopewell High School in 2007. In 2011, Cameron graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. During his stay at High Point, Whicker served in a variety of roles for the men’s basketball program, including manager, student assistant coach and video coordinator.
Stepping into to fill Whicker’s vacancy, Tony Martin will assume the position of graduate assistant coach.
“Last but certainly not least Tony Martin will join our staff as a graduate assistant coach,” Schertz stated. “It’s not often you can say you hit a home run when hiring a GA, but that’s exactly what Tony Martin is. He is not only a former player and captain, but he was a guy that always saw the game from a coaches perspective. He will be a star in this profession and we are glad to be able to give him his start.”
Martin moves into the coaching role after a four-year career at Lincoln Memorial University, where he laid the foundation for one of the biggest turnarounds in Division II basketball. Tony, a native of Cincinatti, Ohio, helped transcend a program that won only eight games prior to his arrival into a national powerhouse, as the Railsplitters compiled a 87-32 mark in his four seasons. During his last two seasons in which Martin served as a captain, Lincoln Memorial notched a two-year stretch of 53-9. In four years, LMU asserted one of the top homecourt advantages in the country with a 54-7 record within Tex Turner Arena.
For his career, Tony finished with 226 rebounds, 196 points, 25 steals and a .496 field-goal percentage. He ranks 14th all-time at Lincoln Memorial University in games played with 105.
These three will assume their new responsibilities immediately as the Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball team gears up for the 2012-13 campaign, where they will look to make another run into the NCAA Tournament.