Pearl's replacement fills final openings on UT coaching staff

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:53pm
Staff reports

First-year University of Tennessee men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin completed his coaching staff Tuesday when he filled two positions, one of which was the student-athlete welfare coordinator.

Marco Harris will be the student-athlete welfare coordinator. Mark Pancratz, who has been with the program since 2006-07, will be the coordinator of video scouting.

Harris will work with the players in regard to their efforts on the court, in the classroom and in the community. He also will serve as a liason to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center as well as the housing, admissions and financial aid offices.

"Marco and I grew up together, and he's like a brother to me," Martin said in a release announcing the moves. "He's got a genuine passion for developing young men and making sure they reach their full potential on and off the court. His years of experience working in public school systems demonstrate that he's drawn to helping young people meet life's challenges and overcome adversity."

Pancratz worked as a graduate assistant, video coordinator and administrative assistant under former coach Bruce Pearl.

"Mark's been a mainstay in this program for the past five years," Martin said. "He's done a great job building relationships, assuming administrative roles and helping assistant coaches with video preparation. He brings a contagious energy, enthusiasm and work ethic to our office every day. I know he'll be very successful."

1 Comment on this post:

By: bruingeek on 6/15/11 at 4:06

student-athlete welfare coordinator

Isn't there a more appropriate title for this job? Is this the staff person in charge of getting food stamps for the players...or funneling cash payments from supporters?