Chancellor, who succeeds Pokey Chatman, becomes the fifth women's basketball coach in the school's 32 year history of playing the sport.
Chancellor, a veteran head coach of
29 years at both the collegiate and professional levels, brings to LSU an
impeccable resume, one that includes leading the
"It's a rare occasion that an athletic director has the opportunity to hire a person with the credentials that Van Chancellor brings to our women's basketball program," Bertman said. "Van has experienced tremendous success at all levels of women's basketball.
"He developed Ole Miss into a powerhouse in the SEC, won WNBA titles with the Houston Comets and led our national team to a gold medal in the Olympics. He knows how to win championships and that's what we have come to expect at LSU. Van is a man with a great deal of energy and drive and we are excited to have him become our women's basketball coach."
In addition to his recent selection to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, along with the likes of Roy Williams, Phil Jackson and Mendy Rudolph, Chancellor is also a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Success has followed Chancellor at every turn, as he posted a 38-0 mark in International competition as head coach of the United States Olympic Team. Add to that his 211 victories as head coach of the Comets and the 439 games he won at Ole Miss, and Chancellor comes to LSU with nearly 700 victories to his credit.
Most recently, Chancellor served for 10 years as head coach of the Houston Comets from 1997-2006. During that time, Chancellor was named the WNBA Coach of the Year three times (1997, 1998, 1999) and he led the franchise to the league's first four titles. Under Chancellor's direction, the Comets were the only team in the WNBA to make the playoffs in each of the first seven seasons of the league.
His 1998 Comets team still holds the record for highest winning percentage in the history of NBA and WNBA basketball with a 27-3 mark (.900).
In 10 years with the Comets, Chancellors' teams posted a 211-111 record, which makes him the winningest coach in the history of the league. Chancellor had the distinction of coaching the Western Conference All-Star Team three times during his career and he was also named the coach of the WNBA's All-Decade Team in June of 2006.
As head coach of the Comets, Chancellor produced the WNBA Most Valuable Player five times, the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year three times and the league's most improved player twice.
Before his jump to the professional ranks, Chancellor spent 19 seasons at Ole Miss, developing the Lady Rebels into one of the nation's premier women's basketball programs. As the Ole Miss head coach, Chancellor guided the Lady Rebels to the NCAA Tournament 14 times, which included 11 consecutive appearances from 1982 to 1992.
In 19 years at Ole Miss, Chancellor's teams won at least 20 games 15 times, including a school-record 31 wins in 1978-79. He also led the Lady Rebels to top 20 final rankings 13 times, with top 10 finishes four times (No. 5 in 1992, No. 6 in 1985, No. 8 in 1987, and No. 10 in 1984).
Chancellor led Ole Miss to the Elite Eight at the NCAA Tournament four times, while his teams made the Sweet 16 on three other occasions.
Chancellor was named the
Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year three times, including the 1992 season
when the Lady Rebels were 29-3 overall and claimed the league's regular season
title with a perfect 11-0 mark. That year, the Lady Rebels reached the NCAA
Tournament's Elite Eight before falling to
Chancellor played two years of
He also entered the coaching ranks
during his senior year at
Born September 27, 1943, in
A book published in the fall of
1999, "Nothin' But a Champion," chronicles Chancellor's life from his childhood
Van Chancellor File
Birthdate: Sept. 27, 1943
Children: John and Renee
Grandchildren: Nicholas, Jacob, Joseph and Zachary
Graduate: Ole Miss, '73 (Master's in Physical Education)
Head coach at Ole Miss, 1978-97; Head coach of the Houston Comets (WNBA), 1997-2006; Head coach U.S. Olympic Team, 2004; Head Coach USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team, 2002.
Selected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007; Head coach of the United States' gold medal women's basketball team in the 2004 Olympics; Head coach of four WNBA titles with the Houston Comets; Winningest coach in WNBA history with 211 wins; Winningest coach in Ole Miss history with 439 victories; Coached U.S. Women's Basketball team to a 38-0 mark in International competition in 2004; Named WNBA Coach of the Year three times; Named SEC Coach of the Year three times; Named 2002 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year; Led Ole Miss to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, including four Elite Eights and three Sweet 16s; Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001; Named 1992 National Women's Basketball Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball News Service.
Van Chancellor's Head Coaching Record
Year Team Record Pct. Notes
1979-80 Ole Miss 23-14 .662
1980-81 Ole Miss 14-12 .538
1981-82 Ole Miss 27-5 .844 NCAA First Round
1982-83 Ole Miss 26-6 .813 NCAA Second Round
1983-84 Ole Miss 24-6 .800 NCAA Second Round
1984-85 Ole Miss 29-3 .906 NCAA Elite Eight
1985-86 Ole Miss 24-8 .750 NCAA Elite Eight
1986-87 Ole Miss 25-5 .833 NCAA Sweet 16
1987-88 Ole Miss 24-7 .774 NCAA Sweet 16
1988-89 Ole Miss 23-8 .742 NCAA Elite Eight
1989-90 Ole Miss 22-10 .688 NCAA Sweet 16
1990-91 Ole Miss 20-9 .690 NCAA First Round
1991-92 Ole Miss 29-3 .906 NCAA Elite Eight
1992-93 Ole Miss 19-10 .655
1993-94 Ole Miss 24-9 .727 NCAA Second Round
1994-95 Ole Miss 21-8 .724 NCAA First Round
1995-96 Ole Miss 18-11 .621 NCAA First Round
1996-97 Ole Miss 16-11 .593
TOTALS 19 years 439-154 .740
Year Team Record Pct. Playoff Record Notes
TOTALS 10 years 211-111 .655 20-14
Year Team Event Record Finish