Filzen chosen for NABC 30-Under-30 list

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APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University's Zach Filzen has been chosen for the 2017-18 NABC Under Armour 30-Under-30, an award that recognizes a group of up-and-coming young coaches in men's college basketball.

Filzen, who took over the Lawrence program last month, is 29 years old and put together three great seasons at Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania.

It is a great honor and very humbling to be recognized with this group of talented young coaches," Filzen said. "Ultimately this is a testament to the great players I have coached, the assistants who have worked side-by-side with me and the fabulous coaching mentors I have had in my life. I have been extremely blessed."

Filzen is one of seven NCAA Division III coaches named to the list, and he is the only coach representing a school in Wisconsin.

Filzen compiled a sparkling 64-21 record at Lancaster Bible and won a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference championships. Filzen guided Lancaster Bible to the 2016 and 2018 NEAC regular season and tournament titles. The Chargers played in the NCAA Division III Tournament in both of those seasons.

Filzen was chosen as the 2016 and 2018 NEAC Coach of the Year, and he earned 2016 D3hoops.com East Region Coach of the Year honors. Filzen's 2015-16 team posted a perfect 25-0 regular season record and went on to compile a 27-1 mark on the season. The 2015-16 squad was ranked as high as No. 13 by D3hoops.com.

Lancaster Bible went 23-6 in 2017-18, and the Chargers won both the regular season and NEAC Tournament titles.

A former NCAA Division I student-athlete, Filzen was a two-year starter at the University of Buffalo and helped his team to a pair of 20-plus win seasons. Filzen scored 1,155 career points and set the Buffalo record with 110 three-pointers made in a season. He also ranked fifth nationally that season in three-pointers made. Filzen led his team in scoring at 15.1 points per game as a junior and averaged 12.1 points as a senior.