Tennessee's fortunes on the hardwood have never looked brighter, as Rick Barnes, the most decorated and accomplished head coach in school history, led the Volunteers to the 2018 regular-season SEC Championship in just his third year on Rocky Top.

The marriage of Barnes' Hall of Fame-worthy résumé—highlighted by more than 650 career Division I head coaching wins, the seventh-most among active coaches—and Tennessee's world-class facilities, fervent fan base and outstanding athletic and academic resources, clearly have the Vols poised to consistently compete for championships.

Tennessee was picked to finish 13th in the 14-team SEC prior to the 2017-18 campaign, but Barnes and his staff not only guided the Big Orange to the conference championship, but also to the title game of the SEC Tournament, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a 26-9 record (third-most wins in program history).


Rob Lanier (pronounced: luh-NEER) has spent three seasons as associate head coach at Tennessee, but the 2018-19 campaign will be his 10th year working alongside head coach Rick Barnes.

In addition to boasting four years of Division I head coaching experience at Siena, the 48-year-old Lanier also has coached in the Big 12, SEC, ACC, Big East, Atlantic 10 and MAAC. He has worked on the bench for nine teams that advanced to NCAA Tournament play.

Immediately prior to his hiring at Tennessee in April 2015, Lanier served four seasons as Barnes’ associate head coach at Texas from 2011-15. It was Lanier’s second stint on Barnes’ staff in Austin.


The 2018-19 season marks Desmond Oliver’s fourth year as an assistant coach at Tennessee. Before joining the Vols, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Charlotte.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Oliver has spent 21 years in the Division I coaching ranks and has experience in the Atlantic 10 (St. Bonaventure, 2000-01; Rhode Island, 2001-04; Charlotte assistant, 2010-15), Big 12 (Texas A&M, 1997-98), Ivy League (Cornell, 1998-00), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Canisius, 2009-10) and SEC (Georgia, 2004-09).

A gifted relationship builder, Oliver played a key role in the recruitment of Tennessee’s 2016-17 freshman class, which finished that year as the highest-scoring crop of freshmen in program history (1,040 points). Oliver was the lead recruiter for a key member of that crop, forward Grant Williams, who developed into the 2018 SEC Player of the Year and honorable mention All-American as a true sophomore.


A former staff member under Rick Barnes at Texas, Michael Schwartz rejoined Barnes at Tennessee in April 2016 as an assistant coach for the Volunteers, and the 2018-19 campaign will be his third season on Rocky Top.

Schwartz’s close ties to Barnes and UT associate head coach Rob Lanier—along with his 18 years of coast-to-coast coaching experience in the Division I ranks—make the Los Angeles native a perfect fit in Knoxville.

“Mike was one of our first G.A.’s at Texas, and he’s always been a guy I knew I wanted to bring back on my staff,” Barnes said shortly after Schwartz’s hiring. “This was a quick and easy choice. I love everything about him. He’s the whole package. He fits in with our staff and he’s got a great family.”


Bryan Lentz joined Rick Barnes’ Tennessee basketball staff as the program’s Video Coordinator/Director of Player Development in May of 2018.

Lentz had prior history working alongside Barnes for four years in Austin, Texas.

“I’ve known Bryan for a long time,” Barnes said. “He was with us at Texas, and he did an outstanding job. Then he took an opportunity at Appalachian State and was great there as well. When this position opened up, I immediately knew Bryan would be an ideal fit.”

Lentz came to Tennessee following four seasons as an assistant coach at Appalachian State. Prior to that, the Hickory, North Carolina, native spent four years as a special assistant on Barnes’ staff at Texas, where he was involved in all aspects of internal operations within the Longhorns program. During his time at Texas, the Longhorns compiled an 87-48 record and made three NCAA Tournament appearances (2011, 2012, 2014).


Mary-Carter Eggert is in her fourth year as Tennessee’s director of basketball operations in 2018-19. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and is a two-time Tennessee graduate.

Eggert oversees all logistical aspects of the program’s day-to-day operations, including budget, travel, and meals. She also manages head coach Rick Barnes’ calendar.

Eggert is one of only three women holding the role of director of basketball operations with a men’s program at a “power five” school (Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State).


Following a highly successful coaching career in the high school ranks, Aubin Goporo (pronounced: AW-bin guh-POR-oh) joined Rick Barnes’ full-time Tennessee basketball staff in June of 2017 as Director of Student-Athlete Development.

His duties with the Vols include serving as a program liaison to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, coordinating community outreach and service efforts and serving as a student-athlete mentor for personal and professional development. He also will assist with on-campus recruiting efforts.

“Aubin is a great man—one of the finest individuals I know,” Barnes said. “His influence on the character and development of our young men is going to be significant. He brings global experience and a unique perspective to our staff. This is a great addition to the culture of our program.”


While 2018-19 marks his fourth year in the role of assistant to the head coach under Rick Barnes, Kyle Condon embarks on his 10th overall season with the basketball program at his alma mater.

The Springfield, Virginia, native was a student manager with the Volunteers for four years and then rose to a graduate position, which he occupied for two years before being promoted to his current full-time post.

During the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, he was responsible for several basketball operations duties, handling equipment distribution, oversight of the managerial staff and assisting with team meals and travel logistics.

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