"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.