Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse signs 6-year coaching deal with Vanderbilt

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Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse agreed to a six-year coaching contract with Vanderbilt University, according to an official release from Athletics Director Malcolm Turner. 

“I am extremely excited to join the Vanderbilt family and build on the incredible accomplishments of its athletics program and men’s basketball program,” Stackhouse said. “I look forward to furthering Vanderbilt’s unique approach to athletics — blending a powerhouse competitive spirit with elite academics to holistically develop talented student-athletes and celebrate victories on and off the court.”

The 18-year NBA veteran spent two years as head coach for the G-League affiliate in Toronto before becoming an assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies. 

According to an ESPN report, the university has pledged to upgrade its financial commitment to the basketball program, including a larger budget and increased salaries for assistant coaches. 

“Jerry Stackhouse’s storied career speaks for itself — he embodies Vanderbilt’s commitment to excellence, on and off the court,” said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. “Jerry is a true competitor who will carry on Vanderbilt’s legacy of comprehensively developing student-athletes to excel in everything they do — on the court, in the classroom, and in their lives. I am thrilled to welcome him to Vanderbilt.”

Stockhouse graduated with a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina. According to Vandy officials, he was  “one of the most highly recruited athletes in college basketball history.” While playing for legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith, he went on to earn titles like Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, All-America first team and All-ACC honors. 

He was the third overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. He appeared in 970 NBA games with 564 starts across eight teams during his 18-year career. He averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 31.2 minutes of playing time per game. 

Despite his overwhelming success in professional sports, he never let his education fall to the wayside.

“When I decided to leave early I made a promise to Coach (Dean) Smith and to my mother that I would continue to try to do just that,” Stackhouse said. “I wasn’t just going to pursue a basketball career, I wasn’t going to end my academic career.”

He later completed the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports at the Harvard Business School executive education program in 2017.

“The future is bright for the men’s basketball team with such an accomplished individual at the helm,” said Turner. “Jerry brings a unique mix of experience as a legendary player and successful coach, and I fully expect he’ll take the program to new heights. I’ve spoken with people inside and outside both college and professional basketball, and there is unanimous agreement that Jerry’s competitiveness, grit and tireless focus on player development are a perfect fit to advance the ‘Vanderbilt Way’ in college athletics. This is an incredibly exciting moment for Vanderbilt.”

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