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Lawrence names new men's basketball coach

Zach Filzen (Photo courtesy Lawrence University)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- A coach who has twice led his teams to the NCAA Division III tournament has been tabbed to lead the Lawrence University men's basketball team.

Zach Filzen is taking over the Vikings job, the school announced Friday.

Filzen comes to Lawrence from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he recorded a 64-21 record in three years. His teams won North Eastern Athletic Conference titles and played in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2018. Filzen was also named NEAC Coach of the Year both years.

The 2015-16 season saw Lancaster Bible compile a 25-0 regular season record and finish 27-1 overall.

"I am extremely excited and honored to be selected as the next men’s basketball coach at Lawrence University," Filzen said in a news release. "I want to thank Athletic Director Christyn Abaray and the search committee for the confidence they have placed in me to lead this outstanding program into the future. Through the search process, it became very apparent that Lawrence is a very special place with a commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the court. In addition, I was impressed by the many folks I met who share my passion to challenge and encourage student-athletes toward a life of excellence."

"I am excited to have Zach join our Lawrence family as our head men’s basketball coach," Abaray said in a news release. "Zach’s confidence, intensity, skill set and excitement were palpable. He is a rising star in the men’s basketball coaching world who also highly values the influence institutions like Lawrence make on the holistic development of our student-athletes. We are looking forward to our men’s basketball program and Lawrence benefiting from Zach at the helm."

Filzen is a 2012 graduate of the University of Buffalo. A two-year starter with the Bulls, Filzen scored 1,155 career points and set a school record with 100 three-pointers in a season.

Filzen is originally from Northfield, Minnesota and set career and season records in points in high school. His mother, Tammy Metcalf-Filzen, has been head coach of the women's teams at Carleton and St. Olaf colleges.

Filzen and his wife, Megan, have a daughter, Selah.

Filzen will be the 26th coach in Lawrence history, taking over for Chris Kellett. Kellett served as interim coach after Joel DePagter resigned in January.

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