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A Closer Look at Josh Pastner

OVERALL (Head Coach/Asst. Coach/Staff/Player)
• Entering 11th season as a head coach in 2019-20
• Overall record: 193-126* / 10 years
• Record at Georgia Tech: 26-53* / 3 years
• Record at Memphis: 167-73 / 7 years
• Had never lost as many as three straight games as a head coach until his ninth year as a head coach; only he and Kentucky’s John Calipari could claim that distinction over the last eight years, but Calipari also lost four in a row in 2017-18
• Tied as the 10th-winningest head coach for first seven seasons in NCAA Division I basketball history
• Second-winningest head coach for first seven seasons in Memphis Tigers basketball history
• Second-winningest active coach under the age of 40 in NCAA Division I
• Enters his 25th season at the NCAA Division I level in 2019-20 (since 1996-97)
• Has been a part of more than 500 wins (538-233 record; .698 winning percentage)
• Teams have won 20 or more games 17 seasons, including four 30-win campaigns (1997-98, 2004-05, 2008-09, 2012-13)
• Teams have earned 17 NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT bid; 18 postseason appearances in 21 seasons
• In NCAA Tournament play, have advanced to seven Sweet Sixteens, five Elite Eights, two Final Fours and two NCAA championship games
• Member of the 1996-97 Arizona squad that won the NCAA title; was first and only team to defeat three No. 1 seeds in the same NCAA Tournament
• Teams have won 12 conference championships (7 regular season, 5 tournament)
• As NCAA head or assistant coach and AAU head coach, has coached nearly 25 NBA Draft selections

• 2016-17 ACC Coach of the Year
• 2016-17 NABC District 2 Coach of the Year
• 2012-13 Gene Bartow/Conference USA Coach of the Year (coaches vote)
• 2012-13 Conference USA Coach of the Year (
• 2009-10 Conference USA Coach of the Year (The Sporting News/
• Following 2008-09 season, named the nation’s No. 5 assistant coach by Basketball Times
• Following 2007-08 season, named the country’s No. 7 high-major recruiter by

• Overall record: 26-53*
• Won more games in his first year at Georgia Tech than any other first-year head coach in program history*
• Has led Tech to five victories over AP top-25 teams*
• Guided Tech to its first appearance in the final four of the NIT since 1971, spanning seven appearances*
*Georgia Tech had 22 wins during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons vacated by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

• Overall record: 167-73 (.696 winning percentage); averaging 23.9 wins per season
• Conference regular-season record: 82-36 (.695 winning percentage); had a conference win streak of 28-straight games
• Conference tournament record: 11-4 (.733 winning percentage); has three tournament titles
• Conference record (regular season/tournament combined): 93-40 (.699 winning percentage)
• Ninth-winningest head coach for first six seasons in NCAA Division I basketball history (148 wins)
• Tied as the 10th-winningest head coach for first seven seasons in NCAA Division I basketball history (167 wins)
• Tied for the quickest to 150 coaching wins in program history
• Tied as the winningest head coach for the first six seasons in Memphis program history
• Second-most wins as head coach for the first seven seasons in Memphis program history
• Has the second-most career victories of any active coach under the age of 40 in NCAA Division I
• One of two head coaches in Tigers history to have 18 or more victories each of his first seven seasons (John Calipari is the other)
• Guided the program to five postseason berths in his first seven seasons (2010 NIT; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 NCAA)
• One of three head coaches in Tigers history to earn postseason berths in five of his first seven seasons (Larry Finch, John Calipari are the others)
• One of two head coaches in Tigers history to lead the program to four NCAA Tournaments in his first seven seasons (Dana Kirk is the other)
• One of three head coaches in program history to lead Tigers to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2011-14; joins Dana Kirk 1982-85, John Calipari 2006-09)
• Led Tigers to back-to-back conference regular-season titles (2011-12, 2012-13) and three-consecutive conference tournament crowns (2011, 2012, 2013)
• Won the second-most conference titles (regular season and tournament combined; for Pastner, five total titles) in his first six seasons (Dana Kirk won six combined titles in his first six seasons)
• Coached 15 all-conference selections (5 first team, 4 second team, 6 third team)
• Coached two C-USA Players of the Year (Will Barton, 2011-12; Joe Jackson, 2012-13), one C-USA Defensive Player of the Year (D.J. Stephens, 2012-13), one C-USA Newcomer of the Year (Elliot Williams, 2009-10), one C-USA Sixth Man of the Year (Chris Crawford, 2012-13) and three C-USA Tournament MVPs (Joe Jackson, 2011, 2012; Chris Crawford, 2013)
• Coached American Athletic Conference award winners Austin Nichols (Newcomer of the Year), Michael Dixon Jr. (Sixth Man of the Year) in 2013-14, Shaq Goodwin (Sportsmanship Award Winner) in 2014-15, and Dedric Lawson (Newcomer of the Year)
• Coached two NBA Draft selections (Elliot Williams, 2010; Will Barton, 2012)
• Signed five-straight, nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including the nation’s No. 1 class in 2010 and No. 2 class in 2013
• Guided Memphis to a 31-5 overall record in 2012-13, only the sixth 30-win season in school history
• 2012-13 team swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles; posted a 16-0 regular-season record
• 2011-12 conference title sweep (regular season and tournament) made Memphis the only program from a top-10 rated conference in the nation to win the regular-season crown outright and also claim the tournament championship
• Directed the youngest squad in Memphis history (7th youngest in NCAA Division I that year) to the 2011 Conference USA Tournament title, the program’s first league tournament championship won outside the Bluff City since 1987
• Has had four former assistant coaches go on to collegiate head coaching positions: Willis Wilson (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi), Jack Murphy (Northern Arizona), Jason Gardner (IUPUI), and Damon Stoudamire (Pacific). Additionally, former assistant coach Luke Walton spent over half of the 2015-16 NBA season as interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

• Active supporter of Memphis’ area firefighters, police, military, and rescue units
• Gives talks to civic clubs, youth organizations and elementary schools throughout the Mid-South region
• Has been and continues to be active in his support of both children’s hospitals in Memphis, Le Bonheur and St. Jude, as well as the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis
• Involved with the Child Advocacy Center, Wings Cancer Foundation Bet Against Breast Cancer, Life Choices and Make-A-Wish Foundation
• From 2012-15, was a part of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, a contest that raises financial support for coaches-selected charities
• Served as the 2012 Memphis Maccabi Games opening ceremonies speaker
• Served as the 2011 Mid-South Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure honorary chairperson

• Joined the Tigers program after six seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona
• Overall record: 33-4 (.892 winning percentage); 30-win season was program’s fourth straight
• Helped lead Memphis to a sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles
• The Tigers posted a perfect 16-0 record in C-USA play for a third-consecutive year
• Memphis finished regular season ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press Top-25 poll and No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll
• Memphis won a school season record 27 straight games
• The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen for a fourth-straight season
• Coached the consensus National Freshman of the Year (Tyreke Evans)
• Coached two 2009 NBA Draft selections (Tyreke Evans, Robert Dozier)

• Served as an assistant for six seasons under Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olson (2002-07) and Kevin O’Neill (2007-08)
• Overall record: 137-60 (.695 winning percentage); averaged nearly 23 wins per season
• Pac-10 Conference record: 73-35 (.676 winning percentage)
• Teams had five 20-win seasons, including a 30-win campaign in 2004-05
• Teams posted double-digit win seasons in Pac-10 Conference play five of the six seasons
• Teams won two Pac-10 Conference regular season titles
• Teams earned NCAA Tournament bids all six seasons and advanced to two Sweet Sixteens and two Elite Eights
• Coached four All-Americans (Luke Walton, Jason Gardner, Andre Iguodala, Salim Stoudamire)
• Coached 12 All-Pac-10 Conference selections (total of 17 times) and seven Pac-10 All-Freshman Team picks
• Coached eight players that were NBA Draft picks (Luke Walton, Andre Iguodala, Salim Stoudamire, Channing Frye, Hassan Adams, Marcus Williams, Jerryd Bayless, Chase Budinger)

• Involved in a wealth of charitable organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, Boy Scouts of America, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Naval Special Warfare Foundation, Special Olympics and various local law enforcement support groups
• Named to the 2007 Tucson Business Edge’s “40 Under 40,” which recognizes local business leaders under 40 years of age; annual list not only recognizes recipients for professional success, but community involvement, public service and participation in trade groups or professional organizations

• Served on Lute Olson’s staff as video coordinator/recruiting coordinator (2001-02) and undergraduate assistant (2000-01)
• Overall record: 49-16 (.754 winning percentage); posted back-to-back 20-win seasons
• Pac-10 Conference record: 27-9 (.750 winning percentage)
• Team won one Pac-10 Conference Tournament title (2002)
• Team earned consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and advanced to two Sweet Sixteens, one Elite Eight, one Final Four and one championship game
• 2000-01 team finished season as NCAA runner-up

ARIZONA PLAYER (1996-2000)
• Four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats
• Named Academic All-Pac-10 second team as a senior in 2000
• Overall record: 104-27 (.794 winning percentage)
• Teams posted four-straight 20-win seasons, including a 30-win campaign in 1997-98
• Pac-10 Conference record: 56-16 (.778 winning percentage)
• Teams won two Pac-10 Conference regular season crowns (1997-98, 1999-2000)
• Teams earned four-straight NCAA Tournament berths, advancing to two Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, one Final Four and one championship game
• 1996-97 team won the NCAA title
• Wildcats had a 42-0 record when Pastner played
• Dubbed the program’s “shot specialist,” worked with high-profile teammates (Mike Bibby, Miles Simon, Jason Terry, Richard Jefferson) on their shots and shooting motions
• Also assisted in breaking down tapes and scouting opponents

• Earned his bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Arizona in 2.5 years (December of 1998 after enrolling in fall of 1996), which is the fastest an Arizona student-athlete has ever earned a degree
• Earned his master’s degree in Teaching and Teacher education in just one year while at Arizona
• Earned his bachelor’s degree without taking any summer classes; took as many as 33 hours during multiple semesters
• At the age of 21, applied for Prairie View’s head coach position
• At the age of 19, applied for the Los Angeles Clippers head coach position
• At age of 16, organized and coached the Houston Hoops AAU summer program
• At age of 13, published the Josh Pastner Scouting Report, which provided scouting reports on local high school talent in the Houston area
• Has never had alcohol, coffee or soda to drink
• Has not used a curse word in his seven seasons as head coach

• Kingwood, Texas, native; born in Glen Dale, W.Va.
• Earned master’s degree in teaching and teacher education in December of 1999 from Arizona
• Earned bachelor’s degree in family studies in December of 1998 from Arizona
• Married to the former Kerri Lamas of Sierra Vista, Ariz. (May 16, 2009)
• Has a stepson, Ethan (born March, 1999), and three daughters, Payten (born May, 2010), Kamryn (born September, 2012), and Harper (born July, 2015)


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