Courtesy of Aurora Athletics
AURORA, Ill. — Aurora head coach James Lancaster earned his 300th career victory in the Spartans’ 56-55 win over Elmhurst College in Las Vegas, Nev., on December 21, 2010.
During his tenure as the men’s head coach, Aurora resident Lancaster has amassed a composite record of 301-137 (.687), which is the most wins in AU men’s basketball history and the highest winning percentage of any men’s basketball coach at AU.
The Spartan men have captured the Northern Athletics Conference championship in each of the league’s first four seasons (2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010). His Spartans won back-to-back titles in the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference twice: 1996-1997 and 1998-1999 and again in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.
He also led the men’s program to its first-ever NCAA Division III playoff appearance in 1998, and his team once again repeated that performance in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2005, AU hosted its first NCAA men’s basketball tournament game.
Lancaster has won Coach of the Year awards eight times in his 16 years as men’s basketball coach, with the awards coming after the 1994-1995, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons in the former Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference as well as the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 seasons in the Northern Athletics Conference.
In his first season as AU men’s head coach in 1994-95, he was tabbed as the NIIC’s Coach of the Year. That gave him the distinction of winning that award back-to-back as women’s coach in (1993-1994) and as a men’s coach.
AU is 5-5 overall in the 2010-2011 season and 1-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference. The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 5, against Silver Lake College at 8 p.m. in Thornton Gymnasium.