Lynn Nance
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Lynn Nance
Lynn Nance
Biographical details
Born (1942-09-03) September 3, 1942 (age 77)
Granby, Missouri
Playing career
1961-1963Southwest Baptist JC
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967-1970Washington (asst.)
1974-1976Kentucky (asst.)
1976-1980Iowa State
1980-1985Central Missouri
1985-1986Fresno State (asst.)
1986-1989Saint Mary's
2010-2011LSU (asst.)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Division II national (1984)
WCC regular season (1989)
As player:
2× Junior College All-American (1962, 1963)
As coach:
Division II Coach of the Year (1984)
WCC Coach of the Year (1989)

Lynn Sanford Nance (born September 3, 1942) is an American former 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

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 2018.

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