|All-time record||545–684 (.443)|
|Head coach||Griff Aldrich (3rd season)|
|Arena|| Willett Hall |
|Student section||Lancer Lunatics|
|Colors||Blue and White |
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|Division III: 1980|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|Division III: 1980|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|Division II: 1994|
Division III: 1980
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|Division II: 1994, 2001|
Division III: 1980
|NCAA Tournament Opening Round|
|Division II: 1995|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|Division II: 1994, 1995, 2001|
Division III: 1980
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
The Longwood Lancers men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big South Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. Their current head coach is Griff Aldrich, who formerly served as the recruiting director for UMBC.
Longwood was an all-female school for the majority of its history; however, a limited number of male day students attended the school following World War II, and those students fielded a basketball team under the name Longwood Pioneers.The current NCAA men's basketball program began in 1976 under head coach Allan McNamee, when the school became fully co-educational that same year. The Lancers finished 1–6 against four year institutions in the inaugural season, and 2–9 overall. The Lancers were NCAA Division III members for their first four years. In 1980, they became Division II members, until 2004, when they began a transition to Division I membership. They became full Division I members in 2007.
The Lancers have had nine different head coaches of their men's basketball team, as detailed below. The current head coach, former UMBC director of recruiting Griff Aldrich, joined the program in 2018.
Longwood has reached the NCAA Tournament four times in its history: in 1980 at the Division III level, and three times in Division II. In 1988, Longwood won a share of the Mason-Dixon Conference regular season title,and in 2001, won their only tournament championship as a 3 seed in the CVAC.
The Lancers have been members of three conferences in their history: the Division II Mason–Dixon Conference from 1983 to 1988 (not to be confused with another defunct conference with the same name, which disbanded in 1974) and the-then Carolinas–Virginia Athletic Conference from 1995 to 2003. Longwood spent nine seasons as an independent during and after reclassification to Division I, until they joined the Big South Conference in 2012.
The Lancers have appeared in the Division I College Basketball Invitational (CBI) tournament one time. Their record is 1–1.
The Lancers have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament three times. Their combined record is 2–4.
Regional 3rd Place Game
Elizabeth City State
|1995||Regional Quarterfinals||Shaw||L 76–83|
The Lancers appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament once. Their record is 3–2.
National 3rd Place Game
|Allan McNamee (Division III independent)(1976–1977)|
|Allen McNamee:||2–9 (.182)|
|Bill McAdams (Division III independent)(1977–1978)|
|Bill McAdams:||8–16 (.333)|
|Ron Bash (Division III independent)(1978–1980)|
|1979–80||Ron Bash||28–3||NCAA Division III Final Four|
|Ron Bash (Division II independent)(1980–1981)|
|Ron Bash:||66–20 (.767)|
|Cal Luther (Division II independent)(1981–1983)|
|Cal Luther (Mason–Dixon Conference)(1983–1988)|
|Cal Luther (Division II independent)(1988–1990)|
|Cal Luther:||136–105 (.564)||26–20 (.565)|
|Ron Carr (Division II independent)(1990–1995)|
|1993–94||Ron Carr||23–6||NCAA Division II Regional Semifinals|
|1994–95||Ron Carr||19–9||NCAA Division II Regional Quarterfinals|
|Ron Carr (CVAC)(1995–1999)|
|Ron Carr:||127–124 (.506)||28–46 (.378)|
|Mike Leeder (CVAC)(1999–2003)|
|2000–01||Mike Leeder||23–8||15–7||T–2nd||NCAA Division II Regional Semifinals|
|Mike Leeder:||55–57 (.491)||38–42 (.475)|
|Mike Gillian (Division II independent)(2003–2004)|
|Mike Gillian (Division I independent)(2004–2012)|
|Mike Gillian (Big South Conference)(2012–2013)|
|2012–13||Mike Gillian||8–25||4–12||6th (North)|
|Mike Gillian:||93–214 (.303)||4–12 (.250)|
|Jayson Gee (Big South Conference)(2013–2018)|
|2013–14||Jayson Gee||8–24||3–13||6th (North)|
|Jayson Gee:||42–120 (.259)||19–69 (.216)|
|Griff Aldrich (Big South Conference)(2018–present)|
|2018–19||Griff Aldrich||16–18||5–11||9th||CBI Quarterfinals|
|Griff Aldrich:||35–49 (.417)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Jerome Kersey is widely known as the best player in Longwood history. Playing from 1980 to 1984 Kersey set school records for points, rebounds, steals and blocked shots while making 57% of his baskets. As a senior, his rebounding average of 14.2 led all Division II players.
In 1984, Kersey was selected 46th overall in the NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He became a starter and was part of the nucleus of a strong Portland team, along with Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Buck Williams, and Kevin Duckworth that made it to the NBA Finals two out of the next three years (in 1990 and 1992). Kersey also finished second to Michael Jordan in the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest. In 1999, Kersey won an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs. He would eventually retire in 2001 as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks
In May 2006, Kersey graduated from Longwood, having only needed two more college courses to graduate for some years.
Kevin Jefferson played for the Lancers from 1986–1990. Jefferson ended his career with 1,806 career points, as record that would hold for 22 years.
The 6'9" Ducharme would transfer to Longwood from the University of Virginia for his final year of eligibility in 2000. Ducharme averaged 19.6 points and 15.8 rebounds per game in his one year in Farmville. He led Longwood to a CVAC championship and an NCAA tournament appearance while being named the Division II National Player of the Year by multiple outlets. Ducharme remains only one of two retired numbers in Longwood history, with the other being Jerome Kersey.
Antwan Carter became the most efficient players in Longwood history and its best player so far in the Division I era. Playing from 2008–2012, Carter would break Kevin Jefferson's all-time scoring record and finished his career scoring 1,886 points. Carter also finished second in Longwood history in rebounds with 1,008.
Longwood University is a public liberal arts university in Farmville, Virginia. Founded in 1839 as Farmville Female Seminary Association, it is the third-oldest public university in Virginia and one of the hundred oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Longwood became a university on July 1, 2002.
Jerome Kersey was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Portland Trail Blazers (1984–1995), Golden State Warriors (1995–96), Los Angeles Lakers (1996–97), Seattle SuperSonics (1997–98), San Antonio Spurs (1998–2000), and Milwaukee Bucks (2000–01). Kersey won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 1999.
Willett Hall is an academic facility and 1,807-seat multi-purpose arena in Farmville, Virginia. It was built in 1980 and is home to the Longwood University Lancers men's and women's basketball teams. On December 3, 2016, the basketball court was named after former Longwood basketball player Jerome Kersey, officially making the hardwood Jerome Kersey Court.
Calvin Charles Luther is a retired American basketball coach. He was men's head coach at DePauw, Murray State, Longwood, UT Martin, and Bethel College. He was also head coach of the Egyptian national basketball team.
The Longwood Lancers are the varsity athletic teams representing Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia in intercollegiate athletics. The university sponsors fourteen teams, which compete in NCAA Division I and became members of the Big South Conference in July 2012 after upgrading from NCAA Division II during the 2004–05 season. In women's field hockey, a sport not sponsored by the Big South, Longwood is an associate member of the Mid-American Conference as of the 2014–15 school year.
The Longwood Lancers baseball team represents Longwood University, which is located in Farmville, Virginia. The Lancers are an NCAA Division I college baseball program that competes in the Big South Conference. They began competing in Division I in 2005 and joined the Big South Conference in 2013 after 8 seasons as an independent.
Charles "Buddy" Bolding Stadium is a baseball venue in Farmville, Virginia, United States. It is home to the Longwood Lancers baseball team, a member of the Big South Conference. Opened in 1994, the venue has a capacity of 500. It is named for Buddy Bolding, who was the first head coach of the Lancers' baseball team, who served for 35 seasons from 1978 until his retirement after the 2013 season.
The Longwood Lancers softball team is the college softball team which represents Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The school's team currently competes in the Big South Conference, having done so since the 2013 season. They have been led since 1998 by Kathy Riley.
The 2014–15 Longwood Lancers men's basketball team represented Longwood University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by head coach Jayson Gee, in his second season, and played their home games at Willett Hall in Farmville, Virginia as members of the Big South Conference. They finished the season 11–23, 5–13 in Big South play to finish in ninth place. They upset Presbyterian and Charleston Southern in the Big South Tournament to advance to the semifinals where they lost to Winthrop.
The 2015–16 Longwood Lancers men's basketball team represented Longwood University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by head coach Jayson Gee, in his third season, and played their home games at Willett Hall in Farmville, Virginia as members of the Big South Conference. It was the program's fortieth season of NCAA competition. They finished the season 10–23, 5–13 in Big South play to finish in a four-way tie for eighth place. They defeated Radford in the first round of the Big South Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to High Point.
The 2016–17 Longwood Lancers men's basketball team represented Longwood University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by head coach Jayson Gee, in his fourth season, and played their home games at Willett Hall in Farmville, Virginia as members of the Big South Conference. They finished the season 6–24, 3–15 in Big South play to finish in ninth place. They lost in the first round of the Big South Tournament to Charleston Southern.
The Longwood Lancers women's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big South Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.
The 2017–18 Longwood Lancers men's basketball team represented Longwood University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by head coach Jayson Gee, in his fifth season, and played their home games at Willett Hall in Farmville, Virginia as members of the Big South Conference. They finished the season 7–26, 3–15 in Big South play to finish in last place. They defeated High Point in the first round of the Big South Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to Radford.
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Jairus Lyles is an American professional basketball player for Krka of the Slovenian League and ABA League Second Division. He played college basketball for the UMBC Retrievers. He also competed for the VCU Rams in his freshman season but played a limited role before transferring. Prior to college, Lyles attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he was a three-star recruit. At UMBC, he earned all-conference honors for three consecutive years. He most notably led the Retrievers to a first-round victory over Virginia at the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the first time a 16-seed defeated a 1-seed in men's tournament history.
Scott Griffith "Griff" Aldrich is an American college basketball coach and lawyer. He is the current head coach of the Longwood Lancers men's basketball team.
The 2018–19 Big South Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2018, followed by the start of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play began in January 2019 and concluded in February 2019. The season marked the 35th season of Big South Conference basketball.
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The 2019–20 Longwood Lancers men's basketball team represented Longwood University in the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Lancers, led by second-year head coach Griff Aldrich, played their home games at Willett Hall in Farmville, Virginia as members of the Big South Conference. They finished the season 14–18, 9–9 in Big South play to finish in fourth place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament to Hampton.
The 2020–21 Longwood Lancers men's basketball team represents Longwood University in the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Lancers, led by third-year head coach Griff Aldrich, play their home games at Willett Hall in Farmville, Virginia as members of the Big South Conference.