Lynn Ullom

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Lynn Ullom
Born (1960-07-17) July 17, 1960 (age 54)
Alma mater Waynesburg (Pa.) College
Occupation

Women's basketball coach

  • Associate athletic director

Lynn Ullom (born 17 July 1960) is the current head women's basketball coach and associate athletic director at West Liberty University in West Liberty, West Virginia.[1]

High School[edit]

Ullom played basketball and ran track at Cameron High School in Cameron, West Virginia. He graduated from Cameron in 1978.

College[edit]

Ullom attended Waynesburg (Pa.) College for one year immediately after high school but worked for two years before returning to college at West Liberty in 1982. He graduated from West Liberty with a B.A. in Social Science Education in 1985.

Early career[edit]

After graduation, Ullom spent two years as a coach and substitute teacher at Cameron High School. He coached boys' basketball (Grades 7-9 and junior varsity) as an assistant under current West Liberty University men's basketball coach Jim Crutchfield.

Ullom left Cameron in 1987 to accept a teaching job at Lakeland High School in Freeport, Ohio. He spent his first year at Lakeland as freshman boys' basketball coach before making the transition to girls' basketball as assistant head coach for the next two years. He also served as head track coach at Lakeland for one year.

Ullom moved into the college ranks in 1991 when he was hired as head women's basketball coach at West Liberty. Since the women's basketball job was only a part-time position at that time, he continued to teach at Lakeland High School for two more years while making the daily 50-mile drive to the West Liberty campus. This continued until 1993, when his role as head women's basketball coach at West Liberty was combined with the job of Sports Information Director to create a full-time position.

Career[edit]

Heading into his 22nd season as head women's basketball coach at West Liberty, Ullom has a career record of 431-199 (.684) to rank among the top 25 active NCAA Division II coaches in career victories and career winning percentage. Ullom's West Liberty teams have posted 14 20-win seasons, won three West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championships, five West Virginia Conference tournament championships and advanced to the WVIAC Tournament championship game on 12 different occasions. The Hilltoppers have earned 11 NCAA Tournament bids, most recently advancing to the 2011 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region semifinals.

During Ullom's tenure, his teams have set school records, including wins in a season (27), consecutive wins (15), points in a game (112), and multiple NCAA team and individual statistical championships. His players have also received individual recognition, virtually rewriting the WLU school record book and earning 40 first or second team selections on the All-WVIAC Team. Every women's basketball player who completed her playing career at West Liberty under Ullom has earned her degree.

A two-time WVIAC Coach of the Year recipient (1996, 2000), Ullom had the distinction of becoming the first head coach of a women's sport to receive the West Virginia College Coach of the Year Award in 2001. More recently, he was honored as the 2011 Region 2 Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Ullom owns the most wins of any coach in league history and passed former West Virginia University coach Kittie Blakemore as the all-time winningest collegiate women's basketball coach in the state of West Virginia during the 2006 season. Blakemore had 301 wins in 19 seasons with the Mountaineers. Ullom was inducted into the West Liberty University Hall of Fame in September 2010.

Ullom has been associate athletic director at West Liberty since 2009.

Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Record Notes
1991-92 West Liberty 12-16
1992-93 West Liberty 11-18
1993-94 West Liberty 18-9 WVIAC tournament semifinals
1994-95 West Liberty 17-13 WVIAC tournament finals
1995-96 West Liberty 22-8 WVIAC tournament finals
1996-97 West Liberty 23-6 WVIAC regular season/tournament champion; NCAA tournament
1997-98 West Liberty 16-13 WVIAC tournament semifinals
1998-99 West Liberty 19-11 WVIAC tournament champion; NCAA tournament
1999-00 West Liberty 23-7 WVIAC regular season/tournament champion; NCAA tournament
2000-01 West Liberty 25-5 WVIAC regular season/tournament champion; NCAA tournament
2001-02 West Liberty 27-4 WVIAC tournament finals; NCAA tournament
2002-03 West Liberty 24-8 WVIAC tournament finals; NCAA tournament
2003-04 West Liberty 26-5 WVIAC tournament champion; NCAA tournament
2004-05 West Liberty 13-14 WVIAC tournament semifinals
2005-06 West Liberty 24-7 WVIAC tournament semifinals; NCAA tournament
2006-07 West Liberty 21-10 WVIAC tournament finals
2007-08 West Liberty 24-6 NCAA tournament
2008-09 West Liberty 24-7 WVIAC tournament finals
2009-10 West Liberty 22-10 WVIAC tournament finals; NCAA tournament
2010-11 West Liberty 25-7 NCAA tournament
2011-12 West Liberty 15-15
Career West Liberty 431-199 (.684)

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • 1996 West Virginia Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2000 West Virginia Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2001 West Virginia College Coach of the Year (W.Va. Sportswriters Association)
  • Inducted into West Liberty University Hall of Fame in 2010
  • 2011 WBCA Region 2 Coach of the Year (Women's Basketball Coaches Association)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Elliott (25 February 2008). "Hilltoppers Women Back to Charleston". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 

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