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.