July 3, 2013
DENTON, Texas - -
North Texas assistant basketball coach Bart Lundy has accepted the head coaching position at Queens University of Charlotte.
Lundy helped put Queens basketball on the map as their head coach from 1997-2003. He compiled an overall record of 115-41 in those five seasons at Queens, and was responsible for recruiting and coaching two of the program's five All-Americans, including the 2003 National Player of the Year.
"Leaving North Texas and Tony Benford is the hardest thing I've had to do in my coaching career," Lundy said. "Tony's friendship, along with the great things he's building here at North Texas, made this such an amazing place to work every day, and I will truly miss it. I want to thank the entire Mean Green community for the warm embrace they showed me and my family, and I wish them nothing but the best. The chance to move into such a great program at Queens and be close to my family was simply too great of an opportunity at this time."
His tenure at Queens included a pair of NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances and one trip to the Final Four in 2003. Lundy was tabbed the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and was also named the NCAA East Region Coach of the Year that season. The Royals claimed the league title in four of his five years on the bench and shattered the school record for victories in a season (29 in 2002-03) on three occasions.
Lundy was Benford's first hire upon his arrival in Denton after the pair spent the three previous years together on Buzz Williams' staff at Marquette.
"I was very fortunate to get a coach of Bart's caliber on my staff when I came to North Texas a year ago, and I hate to see him go," Benford said. "I count Bart among my closest friends, and this was an opportunity that he simply couldn't pass up. We are going to miss him tremendously, but at the same time, I know that he will be very successful at Queens."