Mark Pancratz has resigned as Tennessee men’s basketball coordinator of video scouting.
Pancratz, 30, told the News Sentinel he informed UT coach Cuonzo Martin of his resignation on Aug. 16, ending an eight-year tenure at the school.
He cited family reasons and an interest in pursuing job opportunities in the private sector as reasons for his departure.
“I’m not one of these guys that this is all I can do,” Pancratz said. “I have a second child on the way and I think I can make more money, be successful and have more stability outside of coaching. Plus, I’d like to have a family life.”
Pancratz, along with former director of basketball operations Houston Fancher, were the lone staff holdovers when Martin replaced former UT coach Bruce Pearl in March 2011. He joined Pearl’s staff in 2006-07 as a graduate manager before being promoted to video coordinator in 2008-09.
For the past four years, Pancratz also has worked as the program’s “liaison to various branches of the campus and athletic departments,” according to his university bio. He also coordinated Martin’s summers basketball camps and assisted in scheduling and student-athlete academics.
“I loved this place and the opportunity to work under two of the best coaches I’ve ever been around,” said Pancratz, who played as an undergraduate at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “I just had to look at the bigger picture.”
Fancher joined former UT coach Buzz Peterson’s staff at UNC-Wilmington in April as an assistant coach. He was replaced as UT director of basketball operations by Marco Harris, who Martin promoted from student-athlete welfare coordinator.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/QuinnKNS.