After nine years as associate coach, UTSA names Lichonczak head coach
SAN ANTONIO -- UTSA athletics director Lynn Hickey announced Wednesday that Lubomyr Lichonczak has been named head coach. Lichonczak, who becomes the eighth head coach in the program’s history, was named interim head coach on Aug. 8.
"I'm excited to have someone with the wealth of coaching experience and knowledge of our program that Luby possesses,” Hickey said. “He has coached at significant programs around the country along with some outstanding service in the professional ranks. As a member of my coaching staff for several years at Texas A&M, I have first-hand knowledge of his values, his desire to help our students grow and become successful on and off the court as well as his passion for the sport."
"First, I would like to thank my family, who has continuously supported me throughout my career, and all of the numerous players, coaches and administrators that have helped me along the way,” Lichonczak said. “I also would like to thank President Dr. Ricardo Romo, Athletics Director Lynn Hickey and Associate Athletics Director Tamica Smith-Jones for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I believe that our university athletic environment can be a classroom for life in educating the whole person, mind, body, heart and spirit. Working with young people in an educational and competitive environment is an important undertaking and a challenge and I look forward to facing this challenge with hard work, intensity, caring and enthusiasm.”
Lichonczak has spent 11 years on the Roadrunners’ coaching staff, including the past nine as the associate head coach. He was hired at UTSA prior to the 2002-03 season and spent two campaigns as an assistant before being promoted to associate head coach. Lichonczak primarily worked with the post players and served as the program’s scouting coordinator and team academic liaison and assisted with scheduling and recruiting.
He was instrumental in helping UTSA win back-to-back Southland Tournament Championships to earn the program’s only NCAA tournament appearances in 2008 and ’09. The 2008-09 squad posted a school-record 24 wins and became the first No. 15-seed in the NCAA Division I championship to take a No. 2-seed to overtime.
Along with his collegiate experience, Lichonczak served in the WNBA as an advance scout for the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2010 and was a first assistant and offensive coordinator for the Washington Mystics in '09. He was also an assistant coach for the Nigerian women’s national team in '07.