At a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the University of Memphis, Damon Stoudamire was introduced as the new Tigers assistant basketball coach. by Ryne Hancock
Special to the Tri-State Defender
In an offseason that saw former University of Memphis Tigers basketball assistants Willis Wilson and Glynn Cyprien leave for coaching jobs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M respectively, U of M head coach Josh Pastner decided to go across the hall for his new assistant.
|Damon Stoudamire (left), with Bob Lanier while Stoudamire was a Grizz assistant. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)|
The 1995-96 NBA Rookie of the Year for the Toronto Raptors, Stoudamire played 13 seasons in the NBA, most notably with his hometown Portland Trail Blazers, where he led the Blazers to two Western Conference Finals and five playoff appearances, as well as with the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs, where he retired in 2008.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Memphis Tigers basketball family,” Stoudamire said. “I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m ready to get started.”
Stoudamire, who like Pastner, played his collegiate ball at Arizona, led the Wildcats to a four-year record of 101-24 from 1992 to 1995, including a trip to the Final Four in 1994 as well as four straight NCAA Tournaments. He ranks 6th in Arizona history in scoring with 1,849 points and is one of two players in Pac-10 history with 1,000 points, 600 assists, and 400 rebounds in their careers.
Prior to joining the Grizzlies staff in 2009, Stoudamire served as director of player development at Rice University in Houston under head basketball coach Ben Braun.
“This was a chance I couldn’t pass on,” Stoudamire said.
“My goal is to help this program reach the same goal as every program in this country wants to reach, which is to win a national championship.”
Pastner had this to say about Stoudamire:
“I have said many times about finding the right fit with our assistant positions, and Damon is one of those. He played and coached at the highest level of basketball in the world and I believe that his experience and accolades will help our program immensely.”