LMU names new men’s head basketball coach

Jeremiah Samarrippas named head coach of the Railsplitters
New LMU head basketball coach
New LMU head basketball coach(LMU Athletics)
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 6:41 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Lincoln Memorial University and the school’s Board of Trustees have selected Jeremiah Samarrippasas the men’s basketball program’s 18th head coach, announced the LMU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Monday afternoon. The longest tenured assistant on former head coach Josh Schertz’ staff, Samarrippas takes over the perennial power Railsplitters, who’s basketball rich tradition spans over 100 years. “We are very excited that Jeremiah will be the next head men’s basketball coach here at Lincoln Memorial University,” spoke Director of Athletics Jasher Cox.

During Samarrippas’ time in Harrogate, the LMU men’s basketball team has seen unparalleled success at the highest level of NCAA Division II basketball. Since being added to coach Schertz’ staff as a graduate assistant prior to the 2014-15 season, the Railsplitters have posted a remarkable 197-28 (.876) record, registered five 30-win seasons, reached three Division II Final Fours, won three NCAA Southeast Region championships, claimed six South Atlantic Conference regular season titles and captured three SAC Tournament crowns.

Furthermore, LMU has gone 107-6 (.947) inside B. Frank “Tex” Turner Arena with three undefeated home seasons during that span. “I am honored and thrilled for the opportunity to continue to serve this outstanding university,” remarked coach Samarrippas. “I’m grateful to the Board of Trustees, Dr. Pete DeBusk, President Dr. Clayton Hess, Vice President Dr. Jody Goins and our Director of Athletics Jasher Cox for entrusting me with the chance to lead this storied program and continue to develop quality student-athletes that represent LMU with the highest regard. I also want to thank my mentor and close friend, Josh Schertz. Given the opportunity to learn and develop under his leadership has been life changing and invaluable.” “Over the seven years that I have been a part of this program, the Railsplitters have been one of the premier Division II teams in the nation,” continued Samarrippas. “It is my goal to continue what coach Schertz has built here, holding men’s basketball to the highest standard both on and off the court.”

Hired as a full-time assistant following the Railsplitters’ run to the 2016 NCAA Division II national title game and a program-record 34 wins during the 2015-16 season, Samarrippas has played a pivotal role in LMU’s recruiting efforts over the past seven years. Throughout his time helping further the national footprint of Railsplitter basketball, Samarrippas has recruited the likes of All-Americans Chris Perry (2017), Courvoisier McCauley (2020) and Devin Whitfield (2021). Additionally, he was key in bringing 2021 Division II Elite Eight All-Tournament Team member and 2021 Division II Southeast Regional Championship Most Outstanding Player Jordan Guest to east Tennessee, along with All-SAC guards Cornelius Taylor and Anthony Brown.

A protégé of one of the most successful college basketball coaches of all-time, Samarrippas has been instrumental in the development of LMU’s guards over the last seven seasons. Under his tutelage, seven of Samarrippas’ guards were named All-SAC since the 2016-17 season, including six of whom claimed all-region accolades. In addition to his recruiting and guard development responsibilities, Samarrippas has been influential in the team’s practice plans, game strategy, scouting, play calling, scheduling and travel planning. His one-on-one coaching sessions and positional group practices have been invaluable to the Railsplitters’ recent success.

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