Billy Lange

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Billy Lange
Billy Lange Kuwait (crop).jpg
Lange in Kuwait, 2006
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Associate Head coach
Team Villanova
Biographical details
Born (1972-02-11) February 11, 1972 (age 42)
Haddon Heights, New Jersey, USA
Playing career
1990–1994 Rowan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1996
1996–1998
1998–1999
1999–2001
2001–2004
2004–2011
2011–Present
Bishop Eustace Prep
Philadelphia (asst.)
La Salle (asst.)
USMMA
Villanova (asst.)
Navy
Villanova (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 132-132
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
New York Metropolitan Basketball Writers Division III Coach of the Year (2001)

Billy Lange (born (1972-02-11)February 11, 1972 in Haddon Heights, New Jersey) is an American college basketball coach and the current associate head men's basketball coach at Villanova University. He was formally head coach at the United States Naval Academy.[1] He is the son of William Lange, Sr., a history teacher and recently retired head boys' basketball coach for Lenape High School in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

High School[edit]

Lange played high school basketball at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey and then played collegiately at Rowan University. He started his coaching career with a single season at his alma mater, Bishop Eustace, replacing his father in the role.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1996, Lange began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant under the legendary Division II coach Herb Magee at Philadelphia University. After two seasons with Magee, Lange moved on to Division I ball, going crosstown and earning an assistant coaching job at La Salle University in 1998. While at La Salle, Lange helped the Explorers earn a 13–15 record during the 1998–99 season before being offered the head job at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

Lange's first two years of collegiate head coaching were extremely successful. In his first season, Lange guided his Mariners to a 1999–2000 Skyline Conference regular season title and came up a game short in making the Division III NCAA Tournament, losing in the Skyline Conference tournament. However, the squad earned a record of 17–11, including a 13–3 mark in conference. Lange's second year at USMMA, however, would prove to be historic, as his team compiled a 22–8 record, including 15–1 in-conference. The 2000–01 Mariners won both the regular season and conference tournament championships, and made it all the way to the Division III Sweet 16, the first time a USMMA team had ever advanced beyond the first round of the tournament.

Despite his success at the Merchant Marine Academy, Lange was called back to Division I ball when he earned an assistant coaching position at Villanova University, where he worked from 2001 to 2004. While under head coach Jay Wright, Lange learned the intangibles of how to win at college basketball's highest level. About Lange, Jay Wright was quoted as saying, "Billy Lange is one of the great young basketball coaches in the country."

Wright was not the only one to notice Lange's talent. Lange earned his first Division I head coaching assignment in 2004 as he became the coach at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Lange inherited a team that had had success in the Patriot League during the late '90s, but that had gone only 5–23 the previous year. Since beginning at Navy, his teams have consistently earned as many or more wins each consecutive season than the season preceding it. This streak includes the school's first winning season, a 16–14 showing in 2007–08, in seven years.

Along with his coaching duties, Lange has a wife, Alicia, and four sons.

Lange left his post at Navy to rejoin Jay Wright as his associate head coach on May 9, 2011.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (Skyline Conference) (1999–2001)
1999–2000 USMMA 17–11 13–3 1st
2000–2001 USMMA 22–8 15–1 1st Division III Sweet 16
USMMA: 39–19
Navy Midshipmen (Patriot League) (2004–2011)
2004–2005 Navy 10–18 5–9 T–6th
2005–2006 Navy 10–18 3–11 7th
2006–2007 Navy 14–16 4–10 T–6th
2007–2008 Navy 16–14 9–5 2nd
2008–2009 Navy 19–11 8–6 3rd
2009–2010 Navy 13–17 7–7 T–4th
2010-2011 Navy 11-19 6-8 T-4th
Navy: 93–113
Total: 132–132

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billy Lange". navysports.com. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Billy Lange profile, CSTV. Accessed July 17, 2007. "A native of Haddon Heights, N.J., Lange played basketball at Bishop Eustace (N.J.) High School for his father, Bill Lange Sr., and at Rowan College before moving into the coaching ranks in 1995. In his first and only season as the head coach, taking over for his father who was in a life-threatening accident just one week into the season, Lange led Bishop Eustace to a 20-6 record and an appearance in the state New Jersey State Championship game."
  3. ^ Billy Lange joins Villanova as assistant, accessed May 9, 2011