MADISON, Wisc. – Saint Leo University Head men's basketball coach Lance Randall will serve as Thursday night's keynote speaker at the 2012 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Fall Clinic held October 11 & 12 at the Madison Marriott West. Randall will speak from 7:30-9:45 p.m., and will share his coaching approach at Saint Leo as well as the Lions' 'Zone Attack' and 'Ball Toughness'.
The WBCA Fall Clinic is viewed by many coaches throughout Wisconsin as an excellent opportunity to advance themselves by attending. Coach Randall will address the capacity crowd of coaches in a clinic that has a strong history of successful and recognized names in NCAA Basketball.
Randall joins an impressive list including Wisconsin's Bo Ryan, Butler's Brad Stevens, Kansas's Bill Self, former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and New York high school coaching legend Bob Hurley, Sr. as just a few of the prior presenters in the Fall Clinic.
Named the Sunshine State Conference's Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm, Randall has brought his history of successful coaching to Saint Leo, helping the Lions win 19 games and earning the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2012. He was only the third coach in the 45 year history of the program to earn Coach of the Year honors.
In 2011-12 Randall led a resurgence in the Lions basketball program. He inherited a team that was picked last in the SSC preseason poll and led it to a third-place finish in the regular-season standings with a 10-6 conference mark. First with a 18-12 overall record, the Lions won nine consecutive games at one point, breaking a program record that dates back to 1987. The hallmark of Randall's squad is hard-nosed defense, and his Lions led the league in scoring defense and finished fourth in the nation, permitting just 58.7 points per game. Saint Leo also led the league in holding its opponents to a 39.6 percent field goal percentage and 30.4 percent three-point percentage.
The WBCA is comprised of over 3,000 members at all levels of basketball within the state of Wisconsin. The Goals of the WBCA are to promote and maintain the highest possible standards in the coaching profession in our state; to work together with the WIAA for the improvement of conditions along with the promotion of Wisconsin high school basketball; to secure a better understanding of the problems that face coaching professionals and provide information and assistance to member coaches to better deal with these issues; to help resolve mutual problems of basketball coaches and to provide and promote for its members the latest coaching methods and techniques of teaching basketball; and to foster good fellowship and social contact among coaches, referees and other key stakeholders in the game.