Lance Beckert is entering his sixth year as the Director of Basketball Operations at Utah State. Among his duties are handling the programs daily office operations, serving as the teams travel coordinator, editing scout and game film, and providing IT tech support. He also assists in the teams public and community relations, helps with international recruiting efforts and serves as camp coordinator for Stew Morrill's summer basketball camps.
Beckert, who graduated from Daito Bunka University in Tokyo, Japan, with a degree in economics in 1997, played two years of collegiate basketball before entering the coaching profession.
Beckert began his coaching career as an assistant with the Toshiba Corporation men's team from 1995-98 and helped the club win the 1998 Japanese Basketball League Tournament Championship. He then spent the next six seasons as the men's head coach at Daito Bunka University, where he led the Bears to the 2002 and 2004 Japanese National Collegiate Championship. During his last three years in Japan, he also coached the men's University National team.
A native of Mesa, Ariz., Beckert prepped at Westwood High School. He is married to the former Patricia Salgado, and the couple has two sons, Gabriel (9) and Patrick (6), and one daughter, Leilah (1).