Lynn Nance

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Lynn Nance
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1942-09-03) September 3, 1942 (age 75)
Granby, Missouri
Playing career
1961–1963 Southwest Baptist JC
1963–1965 Washington
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967–1970 Washington (asst.)
1974–1976 Kentucky (asst.)
1976–1980 Iowa State
1980–1985 Central Missouri
1985–1986 Fresno State (asst.)
1986–1989 Saint Mary's
1989–1993 Washington
2010–2011 LSU (asst.)
Accomplishments and honors

NIT Championship (1976, Asst. Coach, Kentucky)

1984 National NCAA Div II (Central Missouri)
WCC Regular Season Championship (1989)
1962 Junior College All-American
1963 Junior College All-American
1984 Division II Coach of the Year

Lynn Sanford Nance (born September 3, 1942) was a head basketball coach at the University of Washington. He also served as head coach at St. Mary's College (CA), Iowa State, Central Missouri State, and Southwest Baptist University. He is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.[1] He played college basketball at the University of Washington, and became an honorable mention all-American. Nance went on to be selected in the fourth round of the 1965 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks.[2] Unfortunately, a knee injury ended his professional career before he ever played a game for St. Louis.[3]

During his tenure at Division II Central Missouri State, he won a national championship. He was also an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, and Fresno State. In 2010, he returned to coaching a serve as an assistant under Trent Johnson at LSU. [4] His total 19-year-Division I and II head coaching mark is 302-224.

Aside from his career as a coach, Nance also served as a special agent for the FBI, as well as working as an assistant director for the NCAA.[3] Nance drew upon his experience as an FBI agent to write a novel titled Bridger:Deadly Peril.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1976–1980)
1976–77 Iowa State 8–19* 4–10* 8th*
1977–78 Iowa State 14–13 9–5 2nd
1978–79 Iowa State 11–16 6–8 6th
1979–80 Iowa State 8–10** 2–3** 5th**
Iowa State: 40–59 21–26
Saint Mary's Gaels (West Coast Athletic Conference) (1986–1989)
1986–87 Saint Mary's 17–13 7–7 3rd
1987–88 Saint Mary's 19–9 9–5 2nd
1988–89 Saint Mary's 25–5 12–2 1st NCAA Division I First Round
Saint Mary's: 61–27 28–14
Washington Huskies (Pacific-10 Conference) (1989–1993)
1989–90 Washington 11–17 5–13 9th
1990–91 Washington 14–14 5–13 10th
1991–92 Washington 12–17 5–13 8th
1992–93 Washington 13–14 7–11 8th
Washington: 50–62 22–50
Total: 151–148

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

(*) ISU finished the season 7–20, but was later awarded a win vacated by Oklahoma State.
(**) Indicates record/standing at time of resignation from Iowa State.


  1. ^ Hall of fame inducts Nance Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "1965 NBA Draft -". 
  3. ^ a b c "Lynn Nance Bio". 
  4. ^ "Lynn Nance". LSU Sports. Archived from the original on 6 Feb 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.