Lochner Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette women’s basketball head coach Kia Damon looked for experience in her first hire and found it in former La Salle head coach Tom Lochner, now her top assistant.
“I am very excited to have Tom on staff. Our players are going to thrive under his tutelage,” Damon said. “I have known him for well over 15 years and I have always been impressed with his demeanor, knowledge of the game and work ethic. We share a similar philosophy on the value of education through sport and our role in the process. Tom has played an integral role in building successful programs throughout his career and I am very confident he will do the same here at Lafayette.”
Lochner spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Delaware, where he helped the program average 21 wins per season en route to a 130-63 record. His assistant coaching tenure under Tina Martin ended with her retirement in April. It was highlighted by the 2012-13 season during which the Blue Hens finished with a 32-4 record, and an undefeated mark in conference play.
Delaware also captured a CAA Tournament title for its second straight season and made the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. That team was led by two-time NCAA All-American and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year, Elena Delle Donne.
Prior to Delaware, Lochner spent 23 seasons (1987-2010) on the women’s basketball staff at La Salle, including the final six (2004-10) as the Explorers’ head coach. During his time in Philadelphia, the Explorers racked up 296 overall wins to go along with two NCAA Tournament appearances and one WNIT berth. As head coach, he earned 2006-07 Big 5 Coach of the Year honors after leading La Salle to 19 wins. He finished his head coaching career with a 71-102 record.
Lochner started his career in 1983 as head girls’ basketball coach at Notre-Dame Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, N.Y. from 1983-87 where he compiled an 88-13 record. He led his alma mater to a 1986 New York State Championship and was acknowledged as New York State Section II Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1986. In 2010-11, Lochner served as an assistant coach at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia after his lengthy La Salle tenure ended.
A 1989 graduate of Temple University, Lochner earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Athletic Administration in 1989 and later secured his master’s degree in Sports Management in 1997 from Temple. During his time at La Salle, he completed a second master’s degree, this in Elementary/Special Education in 2006.
Lochner resides in Willow Grove, Pa. with his wife Beth. Their son, Curtis Lochner, is a junior on the Delaware men’s basketball team while daughter, Samantha, is a sophomore on the St. Peter’s University women’s basketball team.