Linc Darner has been named the seventh head coach in Green Bay men’s basketball program history. Darner is a 13-year head coaching veteran with 292 wins and a career winning percentage of over .700. Darner led Florida Southern to the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Darner will officially be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday morning at 10am during a press conference on campus.
In nine seasons at Florida Southern, Darner compiled a record of 218-72. The Moccasins advanced to the NCAA Tournament in eight consecutive seasons (2008-15) and won six Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament titles.
Last season, Darner’s program posted a 36-1 record and claimed the national championship with a 77-62 victory over Indiana (Pa.) in the title game. Florida Southern was ranked No. 1 in the country, and Darner was recognized as the 2015 NABC Division II National Coach of the Year.
In his time at Florida Southern, Darner was named the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year six times.
From 2002-06, Darner was the head coach at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. Darner led the Pumas to a 74-45 overall record after the program had only one winning season the previous eight years. He guided St. Joseph’s to a 31-3 record in 2005-06 and a No. 2 national ranking.
Darner has also been an assistant coach at Ashland University, Lincoln Memorial University and Murray State University.
The Indiana native played at Purdue from 1990-94 where he was a team captain in 1993-94. During his senior season, Darner helped the Boilermakers to a Big Ten regular season championship and an appearance in the Elite Eight. He graduated from Purdue in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in management.
Darner takes over after Brian Wardle left after five seasons to take the head coaching job at Bradley University.