Memphis Tigers Head Coach Josh Pastner's New Deal

Memphis Tigers Head Coach Josh Pastner's New Deal

The U of M Athletics Department held a media conference Wednesday afternoon on campus to announce their new agreement with Coach Josh Pastner.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The city's top Tiger is talking about his new deal. Josh Pastner's head coaching career began in a parking lot on the University of Memphis campus in April 2009 when then Athletics Director R.C. Johnson offered him the job. Four years later, he's signing his second contract extension.

The U of M Athletics Department held a media conference Wednesday afternoon on campus to announce their new agreement with Coach Josh Pastner.

Pastner's contract, if fulfilled, would keep him in Memphis for seven more years through the 2019-2020 season. He will also be paid a base salary between $15 million to $18 million, which means he's receiving at minimum a $400,000 a year raise. Incentives and bonuses, like winning the conference tournament, winning games in the NCAA tournament and graduating players, could net him an additional $350,000 a year.

"I don't care what the expectations are, what the contract is. The drive is I want to win a national championship," Pastner stated. "That is what has not happened here. It's the one thing that's never happened in this program so we want to achieve that."

Pastner owns a 106-34 record and has led Memphis to three NCAA tournaments in four seasons.

The new contract comes after the Tigers finished a 31-5 season and earned their first NCAA tournament victory in Pastner's tenure. Memphis defeated Saint Mary's 54-52 on Thursday before being ousted by Michigan State 70-48 two days later.

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