The 2016-17 season was Justin Lunt's 11th year at the helm of the Loggers. Through 11seasons, Lunt has compiled 162 wins, taken the Loggers to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament, won a Northwest Conference Championship, and was named the 2008-09 NWC Coach of the Year. The 2015-16 Loggers advanced to the NWC Tournament.
In 2011-12, Lunt won his 100th career game and led the Loggers to his second 20-win season. The Loggers went 20-7 and finished second in the NWC. They reached the NWC Tournament Finals for the third time in Lunt's six years.
In 2008-09, Lunt led the Loggers to an overall record of 25-4, including 16-0 in the NWC and Lunt's first conference championship and first NWC Coach of the Year award. The Loggers advanced to the NCAA Division III national tournament Sweet 16 and a final ranking of ninth in the country. On the way, the Loggers set a school record with 19 consecutive wins, and became the first team in the NWC to go undefeated since 1987-88 and the first team in the NWC to go undefeated since the conference schedule expanded to 16 games. The 08-09 Loggers were also the first team in school history to ever have a perfect regular season vs. NCAA Division III competition.
Lunt was appointed head men's basketball coach in April of 2007 following one year as interim head coach for the Loggers. During the 2007-08 season, the Loggers finished 19-7 with their second straight post season appearance, losing in the NWC conference tournament championship game. This Logger squad made its second consecutive post season appearance under Lunt and finished the season with an overall record of 19-7 and a second place finish in the Northwest Conference.
In 2006-07 as the interim head coach for the Loggers, Lunt led the team to an 18-7 overall record and the first post season appearance for Lunt as head coach. The 2006-2007 Loggers set several school records, including scoring the most points in a single-game (140 pts vs. Willamette on 12/1/06), as well as most 3-point baskets made in a game (21 made vs. Menlo on 11/18/06). The 2006-07 Loggers team also had the second highest offensive scoring average in school history (97.1 pts per game).
Overall Coach Record at Puget Sound
Also, the Loggers have been very successful in the classroom, boasting a 3.2 Team GPA, which is the highest of any men's program at Puget Sound. This is something Coach Lunt, along with the men's basketball team, take great pride in. Making sure the Logger basketball players graduate with a great degree, and also having a great experience on and off the basketball court, make the Logger basketball experience second to none.
Prior to becoming the head coach, Lunt was first hired in 2004 as the top assistant coach for the Loggers Men's Basketball program. As an assistant coach, Lunt was in charge of recruiting as well as on-court coaching, individual player development and the academic advising of the student-athletes. Since Lunt's arrival in 2004, the Puget Sound Men's Basketball team has been in the post season six times, as well as making National Tournament four times, including an NCAA Division III Sweet 16 appearance in 2009.
Prior to his arrival at UPS, Lunt began his college coaching career when he was hired as an assistant coach at St. Martin's College in nearby Lacey, WA. While there, his responsibilities included film exchange, assisting with team travel, on-court coaching, academic advising and other administrative duties. Lunt began his coaching career at nearby Fife High School and was the Varsity Assistant Head Coach and Head JV coach for three years. While there, he helped the Trojans reach the state playoffs in 2002 for the first time since 1992.
Lunt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Recreational Administration. A native of San Diego, Calif., Lunt resides in Tacoma with his wife, Renee, and their daughters, Madeleine and Indie.