Tennessee Basketball announces internal promotions
Tennessee Basketball announces internal promotions

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The Tennessee basketball player announced a handful of internal promotions on Wednesday morning.

Tennessee promoted director of player development Bryan Lentz and director of recruiting Lucas Campbell to assistant coaches. NCAA rules changed last July to allow colleges to have five assistant coaches instead of three. Lentz and Campbell will fill those two positions.

Former graduate assistant Riley Collins is promoted to assistant director of player development for the Vols.

Lentz, Campbell, Collins and Director of Video and Analytics Luke Schapker have been instrumental in Tennessee’s basketball team’s success as support staff over the past few years.

Lentz joined Barnes’ team in Knoxville after the 2017-18 season and is entering his seventh season with the Vols. Lentz, also from Hickory, North Carolina, played college basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne and also spent four seasons on Barnes’ team in Texas.

The 47-year-old assistant coach works closely with the Tennessee stars, along with his colleague Gregg Polinsky.

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Campbell has spent the last two seasons as Tennessee’s director of recruiting. The young assistant coach has been a key part of Tennessee’s program under Barnes. Campbell was a walk-on for the Vols from 2015-2019 before spending the next two seasons as an assistant at the university.

Campbell, a 27-year-old Knoxville native, served as ETSU’s director of basketball operations for one season before returning to Tennessee as director of recruiting.

Collins spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant after spending two years with Division III Marymount University in Virginia. Collins, a native of New Jersey, played college basketball at Division III Drew University, where he was a four-time all-conference guard.

Barnes’ full coaching staff includes associate head coach Justin Gainey, assistant coaches Rod Clark, Gregg Polinsky, Bryan Lentz and Lucas Campbell, and men’s basketball director of athletic performance Garrett Mendenwald. The support staff includes Collins, Schapker, director of basketball operations Mary-Carte Eggert, athletic trainer Chad Newman and graduate assistants Scott Daughtry and David Kasanganay.

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