In 2020, Bart Lundy enters the eighth season of his second stint at Queens University of Charlotte, and his 13th year overall, as the winningest coach in Queens Basketball history. After leading his team to a fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2019-2020, Lundy holds a record at Queens of 287-93 (.755 win pct.) and an overall coaching record of 383-180 (.680 win pct.) in 18 seasons as a head coach in NCAA Division I and Division II.
In 2019-2020, the Royals posted a 24-7 record, winning 10 of their final 11 games. Queens capped the year with a fifth-straight top-25 finish in both major national polls, earning the No. 15 ranking in the final media poll and the No. 23 ranking in the final coaches' poll, after reaching the top-10 of both polls for the fifth consecutive year. The Royals claimed the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Regional of the NCAA Division II Men's basketball Championship before the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lundy coached four members of the 2019-2020 team to all-conference honors: Daniel Carr (first team), Van Turner Jr. (honorable mention), Jamari Smith (honorable mention) and Gavin Rains (freshman team). Additionally, Carr was named a First-Team All-District selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and a Second-Team All-Region honoree by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA).
The 2019-2020 success came on the heels of three consecutive 30-win seasons and back-to-back Southeast Region Championships. In 2018-2019, Lundy was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and Southeast Region Coach of the Year (NABC) after leading the Royals to a 31-5 record. Queens won the SAC Regular Season Championship by five games and repeated as Southeast Regional champions to advance to the Elite Eight for the fourth time in program history. The Royals spent the entire season ranked in both national polls, peaking at No. 7 in coaches’ poll and finishing at No. 10, and peaking and finishing at No. 5 in the media poll. Queens reached the top 10 of both polls for the fourth-straight season and posted their third-straight top-10 finish.
In 2017-2018, the Royals posted a 32-4 record, surpassing the previous program-best record of 30-4 set during the 2016-2017 campaign. Queens opened the year 16-0, tying a program record for winning streak and best start to a season that was also set the previous year en route to winning the Southeast Regional Championship. The Royals advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003, and with a win in the national quarterfinals, made their second all-time appearance in the national semifinals tying for the deepest postseason run in program history. During the regular season, Queens reached No. 1 in the national coaches’ poll for the first time and spent the entire year in the top 10, finishing at No. 7.
Lundy first took over the Queens program at the age of 25 after helping then-head coach Dale Layer as an assistant for two years. In his first stint as head coach (1998-2003), Lundy took the Royals to their first regional title and Elite Eight appearance in 2001 and followed the success with a trip to the national semifinals in 2003. Three times in the five-year span Lundy’s teams set the school record for wins in a season.
In his 11 years leading the Royals, Lundy has guided Queens to all four of its Elite Eight appearances, eight NCAA Tournament berths, five conference regular season titles, and two conference tournament titles. Lundy was also named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year in 2000-2001, Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2003, and has coached one National Player of the Year, three conference players of the year, 13 first-team all-conference selections, and all seven All-Americans in program history. Under Lundy’s direction, from Nov. 24, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2019, Queens spent 65 consecutive weeks ranked in the coaches’ poll (1,498 days), the longest such streak in program history.
Lundy returned to Queens after a one-year stint at The University of North Texas (2012-13), where he served as an assistant to first-year head coach Tony Benford and helped develop first-round NBA draft pick Tony Mitchell.
Prior to North Texas, Lundy coached at Marquette University where he assisted head coach Buzz Williams for three years (2009-2012). In that time, Marquette made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and two-straight Sweet 16 appearances with a roster that featured eight future NBA players including All-Star Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat.
Marquette hired Lundy from High Point University where he served as head coach for six seasons from 2003-2009, taking over the program at the age of 31 making him the second-youngest Division I head coach in the country. In his first year, Lundy was named the 2004 NCAA Division I National Rookie Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a 19-11 record, the largest turnaround from the previous year. During his tenure at High Point, Lundy coached three Big South Players of the Year and led the conference in scoring in three of six seasons. His 96 wins are the most by a coach in High Point’s Division I history and the fifth most wins in Big South Conference history. He also established school records for conference wins, road wins and highest RPI ranking.
In addition to success on the court, Lundy has graduated 90 percent of his student-athletes who finished their eligibility, with 100 percent on track to graduate entering their final season.
Lundy began his coaching career at Winthrop University where he graduated with a Master of Arts (1998). He was a player collegiately at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Lundy currently lives in Charlotte with his wife Suzanne and his five children, Grace, Ian, Kellen, Alec and Liam.
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Grant Leonard enters his sixth season with Queens in 2018-19, after last season helping guide the Royals to their best record in program history.
In 2017-2018, Queens posted a 32-4 overall mark, its second-consecutive 30-win season. The Royals opened the year 16-0, tying a program record for winning streak and best start to a season that was set the previous year, en route to winning the Southeast Regional Championship. Queens advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championships for the first time since 2003, and with a win in the national quarterfinals, made their second all-time appearance in the national semifinals tying for the deepest postseason run in program history. During the regular season, the Royals reached No. 1 in the NABC/Division II National Rankings for the first time and spent the entire year in the top-10 of the national coaches' poll finishing at No. 7.
The 2017-2018 success came on the heels of a then-program record 30-4 season, in which the Royals claimed the South Atlantic Conference regular season and postseason titles for the first time in 2016-2017. With a 25-7 record in 2015-2016, Queens has qualified for the NCAA Tournament and cracked the top 10 of the national rankings in each of the last three seasons.
In his first five years at Queens, 11 of Leonard’s recruits have received all-conference honors with five earning first-team recognition (Jarrett Stokes, Rob Lewis, Sean Morgan, Jalin Alexander, Todd Withers), three earning second-team designation (Josh Clyburn, Ike Agusi, Mike Davis Jr.), two receiving honorable mention recognition (Marquis Rankin, Daniel Camps), and one being named to the all-freshman team (Daniel Carr).
Leonard’s collegiate coaching career spans 12 years, having worked at five schools and in all three NCAA divisions of competition. Leonard came to Queens from Paine College (2011-2013) where he served as first assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, director of skill development, and defensive specialist. In his first of two years at Paine, the Lions achieved their first winning season in seven years and finished second nationally in Division II with seven blocks per game. Leonard also served as an academic advisor for student-athletes and an adjunct professor while at Paine.
Leonard’s previous coaching stops include Flagler College (2009-2010), the University of Texas-Pan American (2006-2009), and Washington College (2005-2006). In his lone season at Flagler, the Saints accumulated more Peach Belt Conference victories than at any other point during the program's tenure in the league. Texas Pan-American saw similar success with an increase in win total during each of Leonard’s three years with the team. At Washington, Leonard helped head coach Rob Nugent record a career-high 14 wins and his first-ever conference tournament victory.
Leonard graduated Cum Laude from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He was a two-time Daktronics Academic All-Region Player as well as a two-time Midwest Classic Academic All-Conference Player with the Statesmen.
Leonard earned his master's in psychology from Washington College in 2011.
Michael Cooper joined the Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball coaching staff in Otober 2020 after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the men's basketball program at Southern Arkansas University.
In two years on the staff at Southern Arkansas, the Mulerider's were 32-26 and appeared in the Great American Conference Championships in back-to-back seasons.
Cooper, a native of Monticello, Minnesota, spent four years as a student assistant at Division II Northern State of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) prior to joining the staff at SAU. While assisting the Wolves Men’s Basketball program, Cooper directly assisted the staff in scouting reports, individual workouts, NCAA Recruiting, digital media and game video, and day-to-day practice and game responsibilities.
During his four years in Aberdeen, South Dakota, NSU compiled an overall record of 102-31 (.766) with an NSIC record of 68-20 (.772). The Wolves won back-to-back NSIC Tournament Championships in 2017-18 and 2018-19, while also appearing in the NCAA Tournament both years as well. The Wolves finished the 2017-18 campaign as National Runner-Up after claiming the Central Region title behind a South Dakota collegiate single-season record 36 wins.
Cooper graduated Northern State in the fall of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology along with an associate degree in Biotechnology. He earned a Masters degree in Kinesiology from SAU in May 2020.
Paul Davis enters his first season at Queens in 2018-2019 after two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Winston-Salem State University. Prior to his coaching career, Davis spent six years playing professionally overseas for teams in Lithuania, Australia, Thailand, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Tunisia, and Lebanon.
A four-year starter and two-time team captain at Winston-Salem State, Davis led his team in blocked shots every year of his collegiate career and led his team in rebounding in three of his four seasons. Davis compiled 209 career blocks, more than doubling the previous school record, and finished his career with 986 points scored and 839 rebounds, ranking him seventh all-time in his school’s history.
After withdrawing his name from NBA Draft consideration prior to his senior season, Davis led the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in rebounding in 2010-2011. His play earned Davis the league’s Defensive Player of the Year honors, CIAA First-Team All-Conference honors, and NABC Second-Team All-District honors.
A native of Clio, South Carolina, Davis played prep ball at Marlboro County High School where he was named an all-state and all-region selection and chosen to play in the North/South All-Star Game.
Davis graduated Cum Laude from Winston-Salem State in 2012.