Jerry Stackhouse agrees to become new Vanderbilt head coach
The Commodores athletic director Malcolm Turner had watched Stackhouse closely in Turner’s prior job as the president of the NBA’s G-League.
Vanderbilt University has pledged to bolster the financial commitment to the program, including assistant coaching salaries and budgets. Vanderbilt went 9-23 this past season, ranking 14th overall in the crowded SEC Conference.
Stackhouse’s intense coaching style has won him a bevy of respect in his two seasons as coach of the Raptors 905 of the G-League, where he won a title in 2017 as a rookie head coach.
A former NBA player that spent most of his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Detroit Pistons and the Dallas Mavericks, Stackhouse’s journeyman ventures have taught him plenty of league-wide recognition, going swiftly from being the star and focal point of the team to adjusting to a role as a featured scorer and later a veteran influence for younger players.
The 44-year-old coach announced his retirement from the NBA as a player in 2013, soon embarking into a two-year venture as a sports analyst for Fox Sports Detroit before pursuing coaching for the last four years.
Stackhouse makes for an interesting counter to in-state rival University of Memphis, who hired longtime NBA star Penny Hardaway, setting the stage for a regional recruiting battle in the near future.
Stackhouse, an 18-year NBA veteran, has already won accolades as the G-League Coach of the Year during his championship season in 2017, coming into his first college stint as a highly-decorated former player and now coach.