Bart Lundy accepts men’s basketball coaching job for UW-Milwaukee Panthers, sources say
Queens University coach Bart Lundy has accepted the job to become the next men’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, sources have told ESPN.
The two sides finalized a five-year deal on Friday, sources said. During two different stints at Queens University, Lundy led the school to two Division II Final Fours and nine NCAA tournament appearances in 14 seasons. That includes six straight appearances — which would have been seven had the 2020 NCAA Tournament not been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In his second stint there, from 2013 to this season, Lundy won over 78% of his games.
Lundy, 50, brings his Division I experience to UW-Milwaukee, as he served as head coach at High Point from 2003 to 2009. That run began at age 31, when he was the second-youngest coach in the country. It included a 22-10 season in 2006-07 and four winning seasons in six years. He was also an assistant coach at both Winthrop and North Texas.
Lundy knows the city well, having served as Marquette’s director of basketball operations from 2009 to 2012 after his time at High Point. Marquette made the NCAA Tournament in the three seasons Lundy worked there.
He replaces Pat Baldwin Sr., who was fired March 2 after five lost seasons. The Panthers were 10-22 overall this season, 8-14 in the Horizon League.
There is a long and storied history of success at UW-Milwaukee. The school has reached four NCAA tournaments and won three games, including a run to the round of 16 as the No. 12 seed under Bruce Pearl in 2005.
The Panthers program helped launch Pearl and Bo Ryan into careers that saw them become Final Four coaches.