Lynn Nance

Lynn Nance (born September 3, 1942)

Teams coached: Iowa State Cyclones, Central Missouri State Mules, Saint Mary’s Gaels, Washington Huskies
Iowa State record: 41-58 (.414)
Central Missouri record^: 114-35 (.765)
Saint Mary’s record: 61-27 (.693)
Washington record: 50-62 (.446)
Overall record^: 266-182 (.594)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1989)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • WCC Regular Season Champion:  1  (1989)
  • MIAA (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (1981, 1984, 1985)
  • NCAA Division II National Championships:  1  (1984)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  5  (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four:  1  (1984)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-2011 LSU (asst)
1989-1993 Washington
1986-1989 Saint Mary’s
1985-1986 Fresno State (asst)
1980-1985 Central Missouri State
1976-1980 Iowa State
1974-1976 Kentucky (asst)
1967-1970 Washington (asst)

Lynn Nance Facts

  • Lynn Sanford Nance
  • Born September 3, 1942
  • Hometown: Granby, Missouri
  • Alma Mater: University of Washington (BA, 1965)
  • After starting at Southwest Baptist (MO), Nance spent two seasons playing at Washington for head coach Mac Duckworth
    • Drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in 1965, but injury kept him from ever playing in the NBA
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1967, spending one season working for Duckworth and two for Tex Winter
  • Spent two seasons as an assistant under Joe B. Hall at Kentucky, during which time the Wildcats were NCAA Runner-Up (1975) and NIT Champions (1976)
  • Became the head coach at Iowa State in 1976, going 40-59 over four seasons at the helm
    • Resigned in 1980 with six games left in the Cyclones’ season
  • Arguably his most successful coaching tenure was at D-II Central Missouri State
    • Nance went 114-35 in five seasons there, going to the NCAA Tournament every season and leading the Mules to a D-II NCAA Championship crown in 1984
  • Moved back up the D-I game in 1985 as an assistant to Boyd Grant at Fresno State
  • Was then head coach at Saint Mary’s, compiling a 61-27 record in three years and reaching the 1989 NCAA Tournament
  • Returned to his alma mater again in 1989, this time to be the Huskies’ head coach
    • Went 50-62 overall, failing to reach the postseason or finish above .500 in any of his four seasons
  • Spent the next 15 or so years out of coaching, spending some of that time as an assistant director for the NCAA
    • Also worked as a special agent in the FBI and wrote a fiction novel drawing from that experience
  • Returned to coaching for one final season in 2010, working as an assistant under Trent Johnson at LSU

Lynn Nance Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels