Lubomyr “Luby” Lichonczak enters his ninth season as associate head coach and 11th overall at UTSA. He serves as the program’s scouting coordinator and team academic liaison along with assisting with scheduling and recruiting. He also coaches the post players.
Lichonczak concluded his 33rd year of collegiate coaching last season. He was instrumental in helping UTSA win back-to-back Southland Conference Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and ‘09. Lichonczak also played an important role in helping UTSA capture its second Southland Regular Season Championship in 2009. The Roadrunners also posted consecutive 20-win seasons (2007-08/2008-09), including a school-record 24 in 2008-09.
Lichonczak has helped the Roadrunners rank among the top 50 in blocked shots each of the last two seasons. In 2010-11, UTSA led the Southland and ranked 45th in the nation at 4.5 swats per contest and that average went up to 4.8 bpg last season, which ranked 37th.
Under Lichonczak’s guidance, forwards Ashleigh Franklin and Onika Anderson earned a total of four all-conference nods in just two years apiece. Both rank in the school’s all-time top 11 for rebounding and top 25 in scoring and the pair capped their careers with outstanding performances in the Southland Tournament. Anderson was named the event’s Most Valuable Player in 2009, while Franklin set a single-game tournament record with 15 free throws made in the 2011 opener against Sam Houston State en route to earning all-tournament accolades.
He served as an assistant coach for the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Washington Mystics during the 2009 season and as an advance scout for the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2010. During his stay with the Mystics, he guided the team to a 16-18 record and they earned the No. 4 seed of the WNBA Eastern Conference Playoffs, the club's first postseason appearance since 2006.
During the summer 2007, he was an assistant coach for the Nigerian national team, where mentored former UTSA standout Vivian Ewalefo. Lichonczak also served as an advance scout for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever and Minnesota Lynx.
Lichonczak began his head-coaching career at Radford from 1990-2001, where he guided the Highlanders to a half dozen Big South Conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances. In 1992, he was named the Big South Conference Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 20-9 overall record and an 11-1 league ledger. During his 11-year stint at Radford, Lichonczak tallied 159 victories, including a Big South mark of 99-59 (.627).
Lichonczak also served as an assistant coach at Ohio State for five seasons, where he helped guide the Buckeyes to four Big Ten Conference titles from 1982-85. He also has served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M, Old Dominion and Idaho.
At Texas A&M, he worked with current UTSA Athletics Director Lynn Hickey from 1987-90, serving as the scouting and recruiting coordinator and assisting with floor coaching responsibilities.
At Old Dominion, he helped lead the Monarchs to the 1987 Sun Belt Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Lichonczak began his coaching career at his alma mater, Idaho. The Vandals were AIAW Division II Tournament participants in 1980. He served as associate head coach at Colorado State from 2001-02 and helped the team win the Mountain West Regular Season Championship and the Rams earned a trip the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Lichonczak received his master’s degree in athletics administration from Ohio State in 1985. He and his wife, Maryann, have a son, Yov, and one daughter, Nika.