HARROGATE, Tenn. — After a four-year stint with the Lincoln Memorial men’s basketball program, former Railsplitters’ assistant coach Cameron Whicker will transition to an administration role as the University’s Assistant Athletic Director.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of Cameron Whicker to our administrative staff. Cam has served LMU Athletics well during his time with the men’s basketball program. We are excited to add his talents, energy and passion for our institution to the administrative team,” LMU Athletic Director Matthew Green said. “Cam is the perfect fit for this new administrative position which will help us continue to enhance the student-athlete experience at LMU. He will be a tremendous asset for our department, and we look forward to getting him started.”
Whicker primarily will be responsible for the internal operations of the athletic department, focusing on budget preparation and management, marketing and game day promotions, travel arrangements, facilities development and maintenance, game day management and general day-to-day departmental operations. He will also directly assist with long-range strategic planning.
Whicker – a native of Huntersville, North Carolina – has spent the past four years patrolling the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Lincoln Memorial men’s basketball team, where he played a vital role in the most successful stretch in program history.
Since his arrival on campus as a graduate assistant before the 2011-12 season, the Railsplitters have compiled a 109-18 record, made four NCAA tournament appearances, and won three South Atlantic Conference regular season championships and one SAC tournament title.
“I will miss having Cam around more than anyone else,” LMU men’s basketball coach Josh Schertz said. “I depended on him a lot, and he made my job so much easier. Often he would take care of things without me knowing and when I would ask him why we did that, he would tell me and I would say, ‘that makes sense, I wish I had thought of that.’ It’s hard to quantify the value of having someone like that on your staff. That being said, I am really excited for Cam to start his career in athletic administration. That’s where his passion lays and he will be outstanding. He’s authentic, great with people, and has the perfect demeanor for the position.”
“Over the last four years, I’ve been extremely fortunate to be part of one of the most successful college basketball programs in the country,” Whicker said. “From day one, Coach Schertz entrusted me with incredible opportunities which allowed me to increase my knowledge and experience both on and off the court. It’s been an honor to work with such a talented group of players and staff. Coach Schertz is one of the best in the business.”
A 2011 graduate of High Point University, Whicker helped the Railsplitters post a 26-6 record and win the first NCAA tournament game in program history as a graduate assistant during the 2011-12 campaign. The next season, he was promoted to a full-time assistant spot and contributed to the first of LMU’s three consecutive SAC regular season championships, as the Railsplitters finished with a 25-6 record.
In 2013-14, the Railsplitters went 28-3, broke the SAC single-season record for wins and winning percentage, and nabbed the SAC regular season and tournament trophies. Last season, with Whicker serving as the program’s top assistant for the first time, the Railsplitters reset their own SAC record for wins and winning percentage and became the first team in conference history to win three straight regular season titles. Lincoln Memorial capped the season by hosting the 2015 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, finishing the year with a 30-3 record.
The Railsplitters achieved the no. 1 national ranking three different times during Whicker’s tenure.
“As I transition into my new role, I’m excited about working with all of the teams at LMU,” Whicker said. “Matt Green has a great vision and brings a high level of energy to LMU Athletics, and I’m looking forward to doing my part to help take our athletic programs to the next level.”
Whicker will begin his new role as Assistant Athletic Director immediately.