Spencer Lunger returns to alma mater as Tunkhannock’s head boys basketball coach

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post | May 25th, 2016 6:10 pm

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post


LAKE WINOLA – Spencer Lunger is returning to Tunkhannock to take over as head coach of the boys basketball program.

Lunger was appointed to the position at a May 19 school board meeting.

The former Keystone College captain and 1,000-point scorer resigned from Mountain View, where he spent the last three seasons as head coach, to return to his alma mater.

“It was a tough decision to leave Mountain View because they’ve been great to me up there,” Lunger said. “When Tunkhannock opened up, it really brought back some memories and I really wanted to go back to my alma mater.”

Lunger was a golf and basketball all-star at Tunkhannock. The 28-year-old Nicholson resident works as head golf professional at the Scranton Canoe Club, a position that he says works well with coaching high school basketball because of its time off in the winter and availability for evening workouts in the offseason.

A 2006 Tunkhannock graduate, Lunger coached at the school for three years following his graduation from Keystone. He spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant and a third as varsity assistant/junior varsity coach.

At Mountain View, Lunger’s teams were 21-48 in three seasons. His most recent squad improved from 1-5 in the first half of Lackawanna League Division 4 play to 4-2 in the second half.

Tunkhannock is coming off a last-place finish in Division 1 of the Wyoming Valley Conference where it was 2-12.

Lunger said he likes to rely on man-to-man defense and, ideally, likes to push the ball up the floor and give his players some freedom on offense.

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