Josh SchertzHead Coach
Alma Mater: Florida Atlantic '00
Office Phone: (423) 869-6240
Since arriving in Harrogate, Tennessee as the 17th head coach of the Lincoln Memorial University basketball program in 2008, Josh Schertz has engineered one of the more remarkable turnarounds in college basketball history.
In his five seasons with the Railsplitters, Schertz has posted a 112-38 (74.7 winning percentage) record, won two South Atlantic Conference regular season titles and one league tournament championship. He has led LMU to four-consecutive 20-win seasons, three-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, nine postseason wins, and enters the 2013-14 season with a current South Atlantic record of 42-consecutive weeks ranked in the NABC Division II national rankings. The 20-win seasons, SAC regular season and tournament championships, as well as the postseason wins, NCAA Tournament appearances and national rankings are all first time occurrences for Lincoln Memorial basketball. In the five seasons prior to his arrival, Lincoln Memorial had won just 39 games overall, and had posted seven winning seasons all-time at the Division II level.
A two-time finalist for National Division II Coach of the Year (2011, 2013), Schertz has helped shape the Railsplitter basketball program into a national power. Under Schertz, Lincoln Memorial has posted the best five-year (112-38; 74.7%), four-year (98-24; 80.3%), three-year (78-15; 83.8%), and two-year (51-12; 81.0%) records in the Southeast Region. During the 2011-12 season Lincoln Memorial became the first team in South Atlantic Conference history to be ranked #1 in the Division II national poll.
The 2011 South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year recipient has set school and conference records for career winning percentage (74.7), most wins in a season (27), single season winning percentage (90.0), consecutive wins (22), consecutive conference wins (14), weeks nationally ranked (42), consecutive weeks nationally ranked (42) and highest national ranking (#1). Schertz' work has been recognized nationally as Collegeinsider.com named him one of the top 25 non-Division I head coaches in the country and SmallCollegeHoops.com named him the top non-Division I coach in the country under 40 years of age.
A finalist for the Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year and the Jack Bennett Award at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, Schertz has coached 15 All-Conference selections in his five seasons at LMU.
Lincoln Memorial's run to the South Atlantic Conference regular season championship in 2012-13 was quite an accomplishment after losing two first-team all-conference selections and three starters from LMU's 26-6 team of 2011-12. In 2012-13, LMU won its third South Atlantic Conference title in the last three seasons and appeared in the conference tournament championship game for the second time in three years. In 2012-13, LMU advanced to its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Southeast Regional semifinals for the second-consecutive year. Additionally, LMU was nationally ranked all 15 weeks of the regular season for the second-straight year.
In 2011-12, Lincoln Memorial graduated its top two players but didn't miss a beat as they became the first team in South Atlantic Conference history to be ranked #1 nationally. Lincoln Memorial went 14-4 in conference play, earned its second-straight NCAA Tournament bid and won its first NCAA Tournament game, advancing to the regional semifinals with a win over King University.
In 2010-11, LMU had a record setting season, going 27-3 and ripping off a school and conference record 22-game winning streak. LMU also won its first ever South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. For his efforts, Schertz was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and was a finalist for Division II National Coach of the Year. On December 7, 2010, Lincoln Memorial broke into the NABC/Division II national polls for the first time in school history.
In 2009-10, Lincoln Memorial posted its first 20-win season at the Division II level and recorded its first ever postseason win. Lincoln Memorial was also regionally ranked for the first time during the 2009-10 season.
In his inaugural season at Lincoln Memorial (2008-09), Schertz guided the Railsplitters to a 14-14 record including an 8-8 mark in conference play. It was the most overall wins for an LMU squad since 2002-03, while the 8 South Atlantic Conference wins was a school record at the time.
Prior to his arrival in Harrogate, Schertz spent 10 seasons as an assistant/associate head coach at four different institutions. He was the Associate Head Coach at High Point University for five seasons as the Panthers went 87-66 and set school records for wins, conference wins, road wins, and highest RPI ranking. During his tenure as recruiting coordinator, two players, Danny Gathings (2004) and Arizona Reid (2007,2008) earned Big South Player of the Year honors a total of three times. While at High Point, Schertz signed some of the best players in school history including 2,000 point scorers Arizona Reid and Nick Barbour along with all-time assist leader Mike Jefferson and all-time shot block leader Cruz Daniels.
Schertz came to High Point from Queens University (NC) where he spent two seasons as the associate head coach. The Royals went 49-14 including a school record 29 wins in 2002-03 when they advanced to the Final Four for the only time in school history. While in Charlotte Schertz landed Spencer Ross who was named 2004 National Division II Player of the Year along with 2003 CVAC Freshman of the Year Kendrick Harris.
Before joining Queens, Schertz spent two years at Lynn University (FL) serving as the Knights recruiting coordinator. While at Lynn, the Fighting Knights went 37-18, but the five-man recruiting class he signed in 2001 became his lasting legacy as they went on to lead Lynn to a school record 29 wins and a Final Four appearance in 2005. While at Lynn, Schertz signed two players named Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year as well as four players who earned All-Conference honors.
Schertz began his career as an assistant coach at his alma mater Florida Atlantic University, where he spent one season working under Kevin Billerman.
Schertz, a 2000 graduate of Florida Atlantic University, also has a masters in education from Lynn University.
He and his wife Natalia have two sons: Jordan and Jaden. They reside in Harrogate, TN.
Josh and Natalia Schertz celebrate LMU's SAC Championship after the team cut down the nets on Feb. 26, 2011.