Carl Danzig
Carl Danzig
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 570-941-7478
Email: carl.danzig@scranton.edu

Carl Danzig’s Midwestern roots have served him well during his 17-year tenure as head coach.

A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Danzig was raised in an area of the country that values hard work, dedication, and humility, just some of the traits that have helped him carry on the Royals’ tradition of success.

His record speaks for itself. Danzig has led the Royals to nine conference championships — seven (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017) in the last 11 years as a member of the Landmark Conference and two (2003, 2006) in Scranton’s previous affiliation with the Freedom Conference.

The Royals have also established themselves at the national level during Danzig's tenure, making 10 NCAA tournament appearances and advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2003 and the Elite Eight in 2012, which was capped by a no. 15 national ranking by D3hoops.com.

In the 2016-17 season, Danzig led the Royals to the Landmark Conference championship and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Royals finished with a 22-7 overall record, highlighted by a 68-63 win over Moravian in the Landmark Conference championship in the Long Center. Six days later, Scranton had a thrilling 82-77 overtime victory against Oswego State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2014, Danzig was named the Landmark Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Royals to a 24-4 record, the most wins for the program since he led Scranton to 24 victories in 2003. In addition, the Royals won 12 games in conference play, the most since joining the Landmark in 2007. Scranton eclipsed that mark in 2016-17 by winning 14 games and capturing the Landmark title en route to a 23-6 campaign.

His overall record of 322-143 (.697) also includes nine seasons of at least 20 wins and 15 winning campaigns.

Clearly, Danzig’s emphasis on defense and his ability to recruit talented players have paid off handsomely. The Royals have been at or near the top of the Landmark Conference in fewest points allowed and field goal percentage defense over the past ten years, key factors in Scranton’s 120-38 (.759) league record during this span. Of the 465 games that Danzig has coached, only 68 opponents (15 percent) have shot at least 50 percent from the field.

His eye for talent has resulted in 18 of his players earning all-conference honors, including Derek Elphick, the 2003 Freedom Conference Player of the Year; Brian O’Donnell, the 2002 Freedom Rookie of the Year; Zach Ashworth, the 2010 and 2011 Landmark Conference Player of the Year; Travis Farrell, the 2012 Landmark Defensive Player of the Year; Ross Danzig, the 2014 Landmark Player of the Year and 2012 Rookie of the Year; Tommy Morgan, the 2014 Landmark Defensive Player of the Year; John Vitkus, 2016 and 2017 Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year; and Brendan Boken, the 2016 Landmark Conference Player of the Year.

Boken took home quite a bit of hardware at the end of his career in 2016. He was named first-team All-American by D3hoops.com and third-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) just a few weeks after the same organization named him All-Middle Atlantic District Player of the Year. Boken finished his career with 1,911 points, the most in school history, after Danzig recruited him to come across the country from his home in South Pasadena, Calif.

Ashworth (2009, 2010, 2011), Randy Arnold (2006), Boken (2015, 2016 Player of the Year), Luke Hawk (2012), Ross Danzig (2014, 2015) and Vitkus (2017) have also been named All-Mid-Atlantic region by the NABC, while Elphick, O'Donnell, Ashworth, Tom Bicknell, Eli Londo, Farrell, Boken, Danzig and Vikus earned similar honors from D3hoops.com. In 2011, Ashworth also picked up two more prestigious awards, earning first-team Academic All-America honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and first-team All-American by the NABC, Scranton’s first All-American since 1993.

Danzig’s ascension to his first head coaching job mirrored that of many in his profession. He worked his way through the ranks by starting as a graduate assistant with the men's basketball program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in education before landing a position as an assistant coach at Bucknell University.

During his 11-year tenure there, the Bison posted an overall record of 180-135 (.571) under head coaches Charlie Woollum and Pat Flannery, including seven winning seasons and 20-or-more wins twice (21 in 1992 and 23 in 1993).  The Bison also advanced to the Patriot League championship game four times during Danzig's tenure, losing to Fordham, 70-65, in 1992; Holy Cross, 98-73, in 1993; Navy, 76-75, in 1997; and Lafayette, 67-63, in 1999.

His major duties were recruiting, scheduling, scouting and film exchange.  He also assisted in the coordination of the Bison summer camp program, community service projects and alumni activities and fund-raising efforts.

While an undergraduate at Baker University (Kansas), he was a two-year captain on the men's basketball team and finished his career as the second all-time leading scorer in Wildcat history with 1,732 points.  A three-time all-Heart of America Conference selection and a first team all-district pick in 1987, he led the team in scoring and rebounding three times.  He was also a four-year letterman on the men's golf team. In 2011, he was inducted into the Baker's Hall of Fame.

Carl and his wife, Lynette, a certified public accountant, are the parents of three sons:  Ross, Ethan and Jackson. The family resides in Clarks Green, Pennsylvania.

Awards & Honors
Freedom Conference Co-Coach of the Year (2006)
Landmark Conference Coach of the Year (2014)

Coaching Highlights

Overall Record:  322-143 (.697)

NCAA Tournament Appearances (10): 2003 (Sweet 16), 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 (Elite Eight), 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

#ECAC Tournament Appearances (1): 2005

#Freedom Conference Championships (2): 2003, 2006

#Freedom Tournament Berths (5):  2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007

Landmark Conference Championships (7): 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017

Landmark Tournament Berths (10): 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Winning Seasons (14): 2003 (24-6), 2005 (20-7), 2006 (21-7), 2007 (19-7), 2008 (19-9), 2009 (21-7), 2010 (18-9), 2011 (20-6), 2012 (23-8), 2013 (19-7), 2014 (24-4), 2015 (23-6), 2016 (19-8), 2017 (22-7), 2018 (13-12)

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (1):
Zach Ashworth (1st team, 2011; 2nd team, 2010)

D3hoops.com All-Americans (1)
Brendan Boken (2016, 1st team)

D3hoops.com All-Mid-Atlantic Regional Selections (9):
Zach Ashworth (2nd team, 2010; 1st team, 2011)
Brendan Boken (1st team, 2015; Player of the Year & 1st team, 2016)
Tom Bicknell (3rd team, 2008)
Ross Danzig (3rd team, 2013; 1st team, 2014; 2nd team, 2015)
Derek Elphick (1st team, 2003)
Travis Farrell (2nd team, 2012)
Eli Londo (3rd team, 2010)
Brian O'Donnell (2nd team, 2005)
John Vitkus (1st team, 2017)

National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Americans (2):
Zach Ashworth (2nd team, 2011)
Brendan Boken (3rd team, 2016)

National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Middle Atlantic Regional Selections (6):
Randy Arnold (2nd team, 2006)
Zach Ashworth (2nd team, 2009; 1st team, 2010; 1st team, 2011)
Brendan Boken (2nd team, 2015; Player of the Year & 1st team, 2016)
Ross Danzig (1st team, 2014, 2015)
Luke Hawk (2nd team, 2012)
John Vitkus (1st team, 2017)

National All-Jesuit Team (1):
Zach Ashworth (2010, 2011)

#Freedom Conference Player of the Year Selections (1):
Derek Elphick (2003)

#Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year Selections (1):
Brian O'Donnell (2002)

#Freedom Conference Tournament MVP (1):
Randy Arnold (2006)

Landmark Conference Players of the Year (3):
Zach Ashworth (2010, 2011)
Ross Danzig (2014)
Brendan Boken (2016)

Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year (3):
Travis Farrell (2012)
Tommy Morgan (2014)
John Vitkus (2016, 2017)

Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year (1):
Ross Danzig (2012)

Landmark Conference Tournament MVP (2):
Brendan Boken (2014, 2015)
John Vitkus (2017)

#All-Freedom/Landmark Conference Selections (19):
Randy Arnold (2006, 2007, 2008)
Zach Ashworth (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Paul Biagioli (2009)
Tom Bicknell (2006, 2007, 2008)
Brendan Boken (2014, 2015, 2016)
Darren Cannon (2005)
Ethan Danzig (2017, 2018)
Ross Danzig (2013, 2014, 2015)
Kevin Doolan (2017)
Derek Elphick (2002, 2003)
Ryan FitzPatrick (2009)
Travis Farrell (2011, 2012, 2013)
Luke Hawk (2011, 2012)
Justin Klingman (2015)
Dan Loftus (2002, 2003)
Eli Londo (2010)
Tommy Morgan (2014)
Brian O'Donnell (2003, 2004, 2005)
Drew Schankweiler (2018)
John Vitkus (2016, 2017)

#The University of Scranton is no longer affliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) or the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation

University of Scranton All-Time Coaching Records

Name Years Record Pct.
Bill Moore 1916-1926 114-37 .754
Jack Harding 1926-1937 119-56 .680
Ed Coleman 1938-1942 45-51 .469
*Robert Zinder 1941-1942 9-16 .360
John 'Les' Dickman 1946-1947 1-6 .143
#James Freeman 1946-1949 28-45 .384
Doug Holcomb 1949-1951 21-36 .368
Pete Carlesimo 1951-1955 60-78 .435
Ray Welsh 1955-1956 9-13 .409
Fiore Cesare 1956-1963 76-92 .452
Jack Koniszewski 1963-1964 12-14 .462
Nat Volpe 1964-1972 98-80 .551
^Dave Ocorr 1971-1972 11-2 .846
Bob Bessoir 1972-2001 554-263 .678
Carl Danzig 2001-2017 322-143 .697
       
*Split head coaching duties with Ed Coleman (1941-1942)  
#Split head coach duties with John Dickman (1946-1947)  
^Coached final 13 games of the 1971-1972 season