Stoudamire to return to Memphis - Tucson News Now

Stoudamire to return to Memphis

TUCSON, Ariz. – Damon Stoudamire has concluded his coaching tenure at Arizona and will rejoin the men's basketball staff at the University of Memphis, UA head coach Sean Miller announced Monday.

In Stoudamire's two seasons on the Wildcats' bench, UA won 67 games – a program record for a two-year period and tied for the most in the nation over those two seasons – and captured two Pac-12 regular-season titles and a Pac-12 Tournament championship. Arizona reached the Elite Eight in both seasons with Stoudamire on its coaching staff.

“Damon did an outstanding job in his two seasons with us,” Miller said. “He gave our players confidence, was an excellent teacher and recruited successfully, which has positioned us well for our future. We wish Damon and his family great success in his return to Memphis. He will always be a part of our Arizona basketball family as both a player and a coach.”

Prior to his return to Tucson, Stoudamire was an assistant at Memphis for two seasons, where he helped former UA player and assistant coach Josh Pastner lead the Tigers to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Returning to Memphis also moves Stoudamire closer to his two sons, who frequently visited him in Tucson from their Atlanta home.

“It is with mixed emotions that I'll be returning to the University of Memphis to be Josh Pastner's lead assistant,” Stoudamire said. “It is bittersweet, as Arizona has and always will have a special place in my heart. Sean Miller, the rest of the staff and the great group of players mean a great deal to me.

“I have a unique opportunity to return to Memphis with the added knowledge of what I need to do to help them achieve the success we had at Arizona over the past two years. I'm also able to be closer to my two sons, who are near and dear to my heart.”

Stoudamire's coaching stops also include the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and Rice University.

One of the most dynamic guards in Arizona history, Stoudamire led UA to a 101-24 (.808) record from 1992-95, winning Pac-10 championships in 1994 and 1995 and propelling the Wildcats to the 1994 Final Four. He was an All-American in 1994 and 1995, and was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award as a senior.

Stoudamire was the seventh overall selection by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 NBA Draft. He played 13 seasons in the league and was the 1996 NBA Rookie of the Year.
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