Mark Pancratz rejoining UT as video coordinator

Tennessee assistants Houston Fancher, center, assistant Mark Pancratz, right and assistant Steve Forbes watch as the Vols play Arkansas during the first round of the SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2011.  Fancher and Pancratz were reunited on the Tennessee staff Thursday after new coach Cuonzo Martin offered Pancratz the role of coordinator of video scouting, the job held by Fancher under Bruce Pearl. Fancher has already been named one of Martin's assistants after serving as interim coach following Pearl's firing.

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Tennessee assistants Houston Fancher, center, assistant Mark Pancratz, right and assistant Steve Forbes watch as the Vols play Arkansas during the first round of the SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2011. Fancher and Pancratz were reunited on the Tennessee staff Thursday after new coach Cuonzo Martin offered Pancratz the role of coordinator of video scouting, the job held by Fancher under Bruce Pearl. Fancher has already been named one of Martin's assistants after serving as interim coach following Pearl's firing.

Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said Thursday night that he has hired Mark Pancratz, a former member of Bruce Pearl's staff, to serve as the team's video coordinator.

"I'm unbelievably thankful for the opportunity to be a member of Coach Martin's staff and to be able to help Tennessee basketball and be a part of the winning tradition of Tennessee athletics,'' the 28-year-old Pancratz said. "Me and my family feel blessed by this opportunity.''

Pancratz was fired in the fallout from Pearl's termination on March 21. Only current director of basketball operations Houston Fancher was retained from Pearl's staff until now.

Pancratz, who joined Pearl's staff in 2006 as a graduate assistant, served in the role of assistant to the head coach last season and preceded Fancher in the video coordinator position.

Pancratz wasn't implicated in any of the violations involving Pearl's staff.

Martin said he knew and heard nothing but good things about Pancratz even before he was hired on March 27, and he contracted Pancratz to help run UT's summer camps.

"We're excited about this hire,'' Martin said. "Mark brings great energy and a great work ethic to our program, and he has shown a passion for his duties.''

Prior to his collegiate career - where he helped lead Pearl's Wisconsin-Milwaukee team to the 2006 Sweet 16 - Pancratz was named one of Illinois' top 100 high school players of all-time by the Illinois High School Association. That list also includes Martin, who played in East St. Louis, Ill., prior to his career at Purdue.

Pancratz said he was also familiar with UT assistant coach Kent Williams when Williams was at Southern Illinois.

"I remember Kent being there when Southern Illinois recruited me,'' Pancratz said.

Pancratz's contributions under Pearl were such that former Lady Vols standout Nikki Caldwell spoke to him about joining her at UCLA when she was hired by the Lady Bruins in 2008. Caldwell now coaches at LSU.

Pancratz has been married for one year and has an eight-month-old daughter, Charlie Reese.

Martin is expected to make one more hire to complete the men's basketball staff.

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LJS1984 writes:

Great hire! Pancratz is a class act. His blog entry from when he thought he was leaving Knoxville.

http://tnfullcourtpress.wordpress.com...

Franktown writes:

Why aren't we getting any reports on Tobias' and Scottie's NBA workouts, where they might fall in the draft, and who is interested in taking them? I would like to know how they're doing.

MothershipChip writes:

I am glad that he was able to rejoin the staff; he really seems to love Knoxville and UT!

Go Big Orange

OrangeDew writes:

in response to MothershipChip:

I am glad that he was able to rejoin the staff; he really seems to love Knoxville and UT!

Go Big Orange

So you are also saying he is qualified to be the AD?

lomas98 writes:

in response to Franktown:

Why aren't we getting any reports on Tobias' and Scottie's NBA workouts, where they might fall in the draft, and who is interested in taking them? I would like to know how they're doing.

Because they all of that information was in the articles about them last month. There are no workouts right now. There are tons of draft projections on the internet. Tobias is a mid first rounder and Scottie is anywhere from late first round to not being drafted. There is just nothing to report on this topic right now.

volsfan74 writes:

Another SMART move by Coach Zo! Mark Pancratz is young, energetic, hard working. I also think he is young enough to relate to the players. He also seems to be a VFL type coach and is humbled to be part of the program, if you read his blog you really get a sense for the type person he is.

tmartin writes:

At least his wife is hot!

samvol writes:

Good for you Mark...im glad you were hired.

mmaz writes:

I am so very happy Mark is back. His blogs made me feel connected to what was happening for the first time in my many years of fandom, and I hope all our sports take his lead to create one.

Mike (UTK '66) in NC

sportsgirl writes:

in response to Franktown:

Why aren't we getting any reports on Tobias' and Scottie's NBA workouts, where they might fall in the draft, and who is interested in taking them? I would like to know how they're doing.

You should get a twitter account and follow Coach Pancratz or Tobias. They both post a lot about the workouts and where they stand. Good stuff.

VolNExile writes:

Bet that was a scary couple of months in his household. Glad he's back with us!

BobbyGraham writes:

in response to tmartin:

At least his wife is hot!

You got that right

voloffaith writes:

in response to tmartin:

At least his wife is hot!

Oh sorry to hear that...I guess now that he is employed again they can afford air conditioning and avoid the heat. OH BTW stop drooling on the keyboard it will short out. BTW "don't covet another man's wife." Goodday y'all

voloffaith writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Oh sorry to hear that...I guess now that he is employed again they can afford air conditioning and avoid the heat. OH BTW stop drooling on the keyboard it will short out. BTW "don't covet another man's wife." Goodday y'all

Not saying you were ,just saying IF you were.

voloffaith writes:

in response to LJS1984:

Great hire! Pancratz is a class act. His blog entry from when he thought he was leaving Knoxville.

http://tnfullcourtpress.wordpress.com...

Thanks for the link it was a very well thought out statement and very thoughtful towards those of either a staff/fan status.

voloffaith writes:

in response to vol1:

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They have those at Cracker barrel just get one as you pay or two possibly.

keithknoxvol writes:

Great Hire, glad he is back on staff. I hope he keeps writing his blog also. Mark seems like a great person and he loves Knoxville. Good luck Mark P.

LJS1984 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

Great hire! Pancratz is a class act. His blog entry from when he thought he was leaving Knoxville.

http://tnfullcourtpress.wordpress.com...

Mark's blog entry gives me chills every time I read it, just like my first Tennessee football game at six years old (a 1990 Tennessee homecoming route of Florida, 45-3, with Dale Carter returning the opening 2nd half kickoff for six). Once Tennessee is in your blood, it never leaves. Proud UTK alum of 2008. Very happy for Mark and his family.

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