About Me

A native of Schaumburg, Ill., Mark Pancratz played Division I basketball at UW-Milwaukee, earning his degree in marketing and finance. In 2006, he became a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee, earning his master’s degree in sports management later that year. He moved from a G.A. role for the men’s basketball program into a full-time position as director of video scouting and spent five years as a full-time staff member and camp director. During his tenure, Pancratz was an integral part of Tennessee’s success.

Pancratz boasts an impressive 22 games of NCAA Tournament experience as a player and/or staff member. He is a member of the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame and voted one of the 100 Legends of Illinois High School Basketball.

In August 2013, Mark decided to leave coaching to pursue other career opportunities. While doing so, he continues to stay involved with basketball at an elite level by working out many professional players such as Chris Lofton, Wayne Chism and Cameron Tatum.Pancratz resides in Knoxville and is married to the former Brooke Waddell. Together they have a 3 year old daughter Charli Reese and are expecting their second child in February.

If you are interested in having Mark come speak to your team or work with your basketball team or son/daughter on their basketball skills, please email him at PancratzHoopsDevelopment@yahoo.com


4 Responses to About Me

  1. Jeanette Pancratz says:

    You are one amazing man!!! Looking forward to the 2010-11 season…go VOLS!

  2. Heather Pancratz says:

    I’ve shared your link with some of my students. They want to be basketball stars. I point out to them repeatedly the importance of being smart and knowing how to write too! You are our shining example! Matt and I look forward to seeing your games this year. Best of luck to you all!

  3. Jason Brown says:


    I want to personally thank you for your time and dedication to the Vol Nation. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and insight into the team activities. I can’t imagine how difficult this season has been, but your optimism in your blog kept shinging through. God has big things in store for you, your family, and your coaching career. I look forward to seeing where God takes you in your career. Keep striving to the be the BEST and you will go far.

    Go Vols!
    Jason Brown

  4. Chuck Coppinger says:

    Mark, you guys on this staff did an incredible job and I hated to see the end….of what has been the rebirth if not the birth of Tennessee Men’s Basketball. We mattered! Man we MATTERED! Thank you so much for your dedication and my God Bless you and your future. Keep the Faith. Go Vols!
    Chuck C
    Bowling Green KY

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