Memphis hires assistant Josh Pastner as new basketball coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis has hired assistant coach Josh Pastner as successor to coach John Calipari.

Memphis athletics spokesman Bob Winn says the school will hold a news conference at noon Central Tuesday to introduce Pastner as the next head coach.

The 31-year-old coached for one year under Calipari, who announced last Tuesday he was taking the coaching job at Kentucky. Pastner also spent six years coaching under Lute Olsen at Arizona, where he also played.

Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said last week he planned to make a "wow" hire for the next coach. The search included Tennessee's Bruce Pearl, Baylor's Scott Drew and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton.

HOUSTON (AP) - The 57-year-old father of just-hired Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner says becoming a head coach accomplishes 1 of his son's longtime goals.

Hal Pastner said in an interview Monday with Houston television station KRIV that his son has dreamed of it since he was 8-years-old.

A school spokesman announced on Monday that Memphis had hired 31-year-old Josh Pastner to replace John Calipari who left Memphis for Kentucky last week after nine seasons with the Tigers.

Hal Pastner said his son asked his opinion and he told him he knew he could get the job done.

While in high school and college, Josh Pastner coached AAU squads, following in the footsteps of his father, an acclaimed AAU coach in Houston.

Athletics spokesman Bob Winn said Memphis had scheduled a news conference for noon Central Tuesday to introduce Pastner.

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