Memphis Update: Josh Pastner Tabbed as New Head Coach

Leroy Watson Jr.Senior Writer IApril 6, 2009

The University of Memphis is hiring assistant coach Josh Pastner as their new head coach, it is being widely reported today.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Gary Parrish at, ESPN and others are all saying that Pastner, 31, will be announced as the Tigers’ new head man at a Tuesday press conference.

This is Pastner’s first head coaching position, and he will be one of the youngest head men in the country this fall. He is one of the elite recruiters in the country.

Pastner was expected to join the coaching staff at Kentucky next season.

Pastner is the son of noted Houston basketball mogul Hal Pastner. Young Josh was so smitten with basketball that he knew from the age of nine that he wanted to be a basketball coach.

At the tender age of just 13, the precocious youngster wrote and distributed The Josh Pastner Scouting Report, which analyzed the high school hoops talent in the Houston area. The report was so meticulous that his father received requests for how to order it, and college coaches were astounded that it was being distributed for free by a teenager.

Pastner was a walk-on at Arizona during the 1996-’97 national title run by the Wildcats. He served as the video and recruiting coordinator at the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2008. He served as an assistant coach on the Memphis staff during the 2008-09 season.

Pastner was one of the highest-paid assistants in the country last season. Terms of his head coaching contract have not yet been released.