Memphis Tiger Tony Madlock Joining Penny Hardaway’s Staff

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tony Madlock, much like head coach Penny Hardaway, is coming home.

A native Memphian and former Tigers point guard, Madlock will join Hardaway’s staff as an assistant.

Madlock has amassed more than 20 years as a college assistant and served as interim head coach at the end of the 2017-18 season at Ole Miss. He spent four seasons at Ole Miss.

At Memphis, Madlock will re-unite with Hardaway, a teammate of his with the Tigers during the 1991-92 season. Madlock and Hardaway helped the Tigers reach the Elite Eight in 1992.

During the 2016-17 season, Madlock helped guide the Rebels to 22 victories and a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals. He coached Sebastian Saiz to all-league honors and a record-breaking senior season.  Saiz set the school record by pulling down 409 boards. He averaged a double-double (15.1 points, 11.4 rebounds).

During the 2015-16 campaign, Madlock and the Rebels won 20 games for the second time in as many seasons. Senior guard Stefan Moody earned first team All-SEC honors for the second-straight season.

In his first season at Ole Miss, Madlock helped the Rebels win 21 games and advance in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. Under his guidance, Moody earned first team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press and the league’s coaches.

Madlock also spent four seasons as an assistant on Tony Barbee’s staff at Auburn and four seasons as an assistant at UTEP. He was an assistant for nine seasons at Arkansas State. 

At Auburn, Madlock helped coach Chris Denson to All-SEC second team honors in 2013-14, and he recruited three top-100 players to the Plains during his time with the Tigers.

In his four years at UTEP, Madlock recruited 2010 C-USA Player of the Year, Randy Culpepper, and Arnett Moultrie, a 2009 C-USA All-Freshman Team selection. UTEP won the 2010 Conference USA Championship with a 26-7 overall record and a 15-1 league mark as the Miners advanced to the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual NCAA runner-up Butler.

He also coached Stefon Jackson, who is the all-time leading scorer in UTEP and Conference USA history, All-CUSA second-team selection Derrick Carracter, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010, and C-USA All-Defensive Team member Julyan Stone.

Madlock spent six of his nine years at Arkansas State as the assistant head coach prior to going to El Paso. He helped Arkansas State to the 1998 Sun Belt Conference regular season championship and the 1999 Sun Belt Conference tournament title, as he recruited six junior college All-Americans to the school.

He also recruited the only junior college player in Arkansas State history to score 1,000 points in two seasons. He coached four all-conference players and the Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Madlock began his coaching career as an assistant and teacher at his alma mater, Melrose High School, in Memphis. The Golden Wildcats posted a 67-29 mark over the three seasons with Madlock on the staff, and Melrose was the 1997 state tournament runner-up with a 32-7 record.

Madlock also starred at Melrose, receiving honorable mention All-America and first-team All-State honors as a point guard while lettering three years.

Madlock earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from then-Memphis State in 1991 in 3.5 years. The Memphis started three of his four seasons and played on teams that went to four straight postseason tournaments.

A four-year letterman and three-year starter for Memphis from 1988-92, Madlock was a member of four postseason tournament teams for the Tigers, reaching the NCAA Tournament and NIT two times each.

He still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders for games played (128) and averaged double figures as a junior and senior.

Madlock played one year of professional basketball in South America before starting his coaching career.

Born Feb. 17, 1970, Madlock is married to the former Stacie Bryant of Memphis. They have two children, a daughter, Kyndal, and a son, T.J.

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