His pedigree for success is no fluke; Lance Randall has the magic touch when it comes to hoops.
Hired as the 10th coach in nearly a half-century of men's basketball at Saint Leo University prior to the 2011-12 season, Randall immediately went to work breathing life into a program that hadn’t had a winning season in the previous 14 years.
It was a life that took on a whole new meaning during the 2012-13 season as Randall piloted a Lions' team the school’s first ever Sunshine State Conference Regular Season men’s basketball title and only the second ever for any men’s sport at Saint Leo. With a 22-8 overall record and a 12-4 conference mark, Randall’s team set new standards for most wins in a season, most conference wins. In addition, the 22 wins were all against NCAA Division II opponents; breaking the mark of 15 Division II wins which he set his first year. It was a season that washed away the futility of years past as the Lions won the most games in a single-season in Saint Leo history and he helped guide the Lions to a repeat appearance at the NCAA Tournament. It was a season that saw three Lions take home SSC honors as the Player of the Year (Marcus Ruh), Defensive Player of the Year (Shaun Adams) and Newcomer of the Year (Jerrel Harris) all wore the Green and Gold. In addition, The Lions were the only team to defeat ACC Champion Miami Hurricanes 69-67 at Miami this season in an exhibition game to start the year out.
During the 2013-2014 season, the Lions, under Randall's guidence, would surpass that record mark of 22 wins set during the previous campaign when Saint Leo posted a 24-9 slate (10-6 SSC). The Lions also advanced to their third consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament and an apperance in the South Regional semifinal.
Randall's players would also continue their impressive development on the hardwood. Harris was named an NABC Division II All-District Team, was selected NCAA All-South Region Tournament Team and was a First Team, All-Sunshine State Conference selection. Harris also was tabbbed a first team All-SSC selection and was named to the SSC All-Tournament Team.
Prior to Coach Randall’s arrival, in the previous 35 years in the Sunshine State Conference, Saint Leo men’s basketball had the lowest winning percentage of the nine SSC teams. In his three seasons with the Lions, Coach Randall’s Lions have the most regular season wins (32) of any of the nine SSC schools. Getting it done with defense, once again the Lions led the SSC in defensive field goal percentages, 3 point field goal percentage defense and was third in scoring defense.
During the conference championship season Randall also coached the first and only Saint Leo University student-athlete to be named the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year as senior Marcus Ruh claimed that honor, along with many more. The award signifies the highest academic honor one can receive in a specific sport. Randall has now coached seven players that have gone on to be player of the year along, he has brought in four newcomers of the years in his five seasons as a collegiate head coach to go with eight All Americans and multiple all region, all state and all conference players. The Lion’s team gpa has been over 3.0 combined for both years as a head coach and numerous players have been named to the Dean’s list and the Presidents club.
In his debut season at Saint Leo, Randall led a resurgence in the Lions basketball program that propelled it to a first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. He inherited a team that was picked last in the Sunshine State Conference preseason poll and led it to a third-place finish in the regular-season standings with a 10-6 conference mark. Finishing the season 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 lead the league in scoring defense and were sixth in the nation, permitting just 58.3 points per game. Saint Leo also led the league in holding its opponents to a 39.9 percent field goal percentage and 30.6 percent three-point percentage.
His immediate and overwhelming success saw him earn SSC Coach of the Year honors in 2012, joining former athletic director and coach Norm Kaye who earned the honor in 1977, and Gary Richert who earned it twice in 1984 and 1988 as only the third coach from Saint Leo to win the award.
Two days after taking home the SSC hardware, Randall guided the Lions in the conference's Tournament Championship Game for just the program's second time. Two weeks later he was on the sidelines when Saint Leo tipped-off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Huntsville, Ala.
Randall has a proven coaching resume on a variety of levels at both the high school and collegiate basketball ranks over the past 18 years since his time as a student-athlete at Beloit College. During his most recent stint, where he served as associate head coach at Stevens Point since 2009, Randall helped guide a squad that took home the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship.
Randall, who has taken teams to the NCAA tournament as player, an assistant and as a head coach at all three divisions, guided a Wisconsin high school to consecutive state titles after taking over the program prior to the 2005 season. In three seasons with the Oshkosh West High School boys’ basketball team, Randall led his squad to an impressive 71-3 overall record. His 2006 team posted a perfect 26-0 record on its way to the state title.
His tenure at Oshkosh West marked the first of two times Randall tackled the high school ranks as he also served as the head coach, Dean of Students and Assistant Athletic Director at Cedarburg High School in Cedarburg, Wisconsin during the 2008-2009 school year. Prior to his return to high school basketball in 2008, Randall spent one season as assistant coach for Loyola University in Chicago.
The task set forth when Saint Leo Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy announced his hiring on April 8, 2011 was not an easy one for the championship-winning coach as he looked at a forelorn 12-16 program that won just two Sunshine State Conference games in 2010-11. His skills as a talented recruiter and coach were immediately put to the test as he transformed a team that last posted a winning record during the 1997-98 season (19-9) into a national and conference contender.
It was the mark of a man who is familiar with transofrming programs, as he assumed the reins of a 2-23 Webster University team in 1997 and turned them into conference champions and NCAA contenders as the Gorlocks claimed the 1999-2000 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. Becoming the winningest coach in Webster history, Randall was twice named the SLIAC Coach of the Year, leading the program to the best turnaround in the NCAA in all divisions.
After Webster, Randall served a two-year stint as the head coach and vice president of operations for the Pertemps Birmingham Bullets professional team in Birmingham, England. He then returned to the States, making his entrance into the Division I ranks as he joined Brad Soderberg’s staff at Saint Louis University from 2002 to 2004.
The Montfort, Wisc., native began his coaching career as an assistant coach for his alma mater from 1994 through 1997, winning two Midwest Conference Championships for the Bucs during that time.
Randall is a 1994 graduate of Beloit College with a degree in Government and also holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching, from Webster University. At Beloit, Randall was a two-time basketball team captain and Johnny Orr Leadership award winner on a nationally ranked squad and team MVP.
A highly touted motivational speaker and clinician, Randall has spoken all over the country. He has produced numerous national bestselling videotapes on offensive and defensive strategies of coaching basketball. This is in addition to his wide variety of skills and talents within the support staff ranks as he also served as an Assistant Athletic Director, Sports Information and Community Events Coordinator, a College Instructor and a Summer Camps Director.
Randall is a member of the NABC and also served as an executive board member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association prior to moving to Saint Leo.
Randall and his wife, Pamela, have four children, Evelyn, River, Ruby, and Rocco. The Randall Family resides in the Saint Leo area.