Lamar Chance is in his 13th year as an Athletics Communications Assistant Director at the University of Memphis in 2015-16. Chance, who works primarily with the nationally-ranked Tigers basketball program, joined the Memphis Athletics Communications staff prior to the start of the 2003-04 basketball season.
At Memphis, Chance handles the day-to-day publicity for Tigers basketball and rifle. He also assists with media press box operations for Memphis home football games.
During his previous 12 basketball campaigns, Chance helped promote seven Tigers All-Americans (Barton, Burks, Carney, Douglas-Roberts, Evans, Rose and Washington Jr.), four Freshman All-Americans (Banks, Evans, Rose and Washington Jr.), a consensus National Freshman of the Year (Evans) and a Naismith National Coach of the Year recipient (Calipari).
Prior to joining the Memphis staff, Chance worked seven years (1996-2003) at the University of Mississippi for CoSIDA Hall of Famer Langston Rogers. While at Ole Miss, Chance was responsible for the day-to-day media relations for the Rebels basketball team, and he helped promote three All-Americans (Ansu Sesay, Keith Carter and Rahim Lockhart) and a Naismith National Coach of the Year award winner (Rod Barnes). Chance also directed the press box operations for all Ole Miss home football games and edited the Rebels football game programs.
Chance graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Radio, Television, Motion Pictures. He worked as a student assistant in the Tar Heels Athletics Communications Office for two years under CoSIDA Hall of Famer Rick Brewer. Upon graduation, Chance accepted an internship at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., where he served as the media relations contact for baseball, ice hockey and women's soccer during the 1991-92 season.
Before his arrival at Ole Miss, Chance served as Assistant Media Relations Director at the University of Massachusetts for CoSIDA Hall of Famer Howard Davis and Bill Strickland. While at UMass from 1992-95, Chance primarily handled publicity for the women's basketball team and assisted with publicity for the Minutemen football squad. He also oversaw the coverage of UMass' 25-sport Olympic program.
Chance is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA). A native of Albemarle, N.C. (40 miles east of Charlotte), he worked the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Fours (Charlotte, 1996; Cincinnati, 1997) and the 1995 NCAA Field Hockey Final Four (Wake Forest University, host).
He married the former Kristin Wagner on June 19, 2009. The couple have two children: a son, Zachary Franklin (born May, 2013) and a daughter, Emerson Caroline (born April, 2015).