The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has named Bart Lundy as the next head men’s basketball coach.
Lundy and UWM finalized a five-year deal on Friday (yesterday).
Lundy comes to Milwaukee from Division 2 Queens University (North Carolina) after spending 14 seasons in two stints at Queens from 1998-2003 and 2013-22. Lundy also spent six seasons as the High Point head coach from 2003-2009.
In 20 seasons as a head coach at the Division 1 and 2 levels, Lundy has compiled a 433-189 (.696) overall record and a 274-108 (.717) mark in conference play.
Lundy replaces Pat Baldwin Sr., who was fired on March 2 after posting a 57-92 (.383) overall record and 34-59 (.366) Horizon League record in five seasons at the helm.
Bart Lundy has familiarity with the city of Milwaukee, as he served as Marquette’s Director of Basketball Operations from 2009 to 2012 under then coach Buzz Williams, and the Golden Eagles made the NCAA Tournament every year Lundy was there.
“Coach Lundy is deeply committed to the success of student-athletes, both on and off the court,” UWM Chancellor Mark Mone said. “And he has a remarkable track record as a mentor and head coach. We look forward to some great basketball seasons ahead.”
Division 2 Northwest Missouri State head coach Ben McCollum and recently joined Division 1 Southern Indiana head coach Stan Gouard were also believed to be finalists.
Lundy will have his work cutout for him, however. The Panthers haven’t posted a winning season since Rob Jeter’s final season in 2015-16, which was three coaches ago.
There will also be the business of remaking the roster which will lose many of the top players due to graduation and transfer.
Pat Baldwin Jr. will be gone to the NBA Draft or via transfer portal and wouldn’t have been expected to be back in any event after his father’s firing as head coach.
There is also the issue of fan support. UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena has been mostly empty for games over the last three seasons. Lundy’s ability to engage and connect with supporters as well as the recently apathetic student body will also be crucial for his long-term success.
Lundy is a native of Galax, Virginia and played college basketball at North Carolina-Pembroke and Lenoir-Rhyne.