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About Mark Pancratz's Blog

A native of Schaumburg, Ill., Mark Pancratz played Division I basketball at UW-Milwaukee, earning his degree in marketing and finance. He joined Tennessee's staff in 2006 as a graduate assistant, earning his master's degree in sports management later that year. Serving as a G.A., director of video scouting and assistant to the head coach, Pancratz was an integral part of Tennessee's six-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. At 26, Pancratz boasts an impressive 18 games of NCAA Tournament experience as a player and/or administrative 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. Pancratz resides in Knoxville and is married to the former Brooke Waddell.

Tips For Aspiring Coaches

Since writing about my tough decision to leave college coaching last week I have had tons and tons of people email me with support, questions, job opportunities and advice. I sincerely appreciate each and every one of them. However, I … Continue reading

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Toughest Decision Of My Life

95% of the country will think I’m crazy. All of Vol Nation will definitely think I’m nuts. Shoot, even some of my best friends and family members think I am throwing away my dreams and giving up on years and years … Continue reading

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My Story…

Tuesday August 23rd I started a new life as I officially accepted Jesus into my life and got saved! This is my story…   I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago in a religious Catholic family with parents who … Continue reading

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At a Crossroads

Despite my nerves heading to the Final Four, in my heart of hearts, I had really high aspirations. However, walking into the hotel lobby FULL of coaches was like walking into a Mike Tyson right-handed hook in the first minute of the … Continue reading

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Final Four

Houston, I have a problem. I’m unemployed and need to find a job, so here I come! Tomorrow at 6 a.m. I fly to Houston to catch up with friends, network and hand out my resume to the tons and tons of coaches … Continue reading

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Thing’s I’ve Learned

The last few days have been really tough. The sadness seeps in not so much when thoughts of “what am I going to do for a job” come into my head but more so when I think about my wife, … Continue reading

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Thank You Vol Nation

As I sit here, my office completely empty and my car packed full with all my hard work, I don’t know what to say or let alone do. I spent so much time in these offices. I met my wife here. … Continue reading

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