Vanderbilt’s coaching search has been quiet, but this appears to have legs.
Sources: Memphis Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse is in contract negotiations to become the next head coach at Vanderbilt. Emerged as a primary candidate in the last 24 hours. Nothing final yet, but the two sides are headed towards a marriage.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 1, 2019
Yes, that Jerry Stackhouse. After an 18-year NBA career in which he scored 16,409 points, Stackhouse joined the coaching ranks in 2015 as an assistant for the Toronto Raptors. After a year in that role, he became the head coach of the Raptors 905, the team’s G-League affiliate. He won a G-League (then known as D-League) title in 2016-17 and was named the league’s Coach of the Year. After another year as the 905 head coach, he joined the Memphis Grizzlies’ staff as an assistant coach for this season.
Although Stackhouse left North Carolina for the NBA after two years in college, he finished his bachelor’s degree in 1999, and according to Wikipedia, in 2017 he completed the Harvard Business School executive education program on the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports. Know who else has degrees from UNC and Harvard? That’s right, Malcolm Turner.
Anyway, it sounds like this is close to happening as even Adam Sparks is running with it. We’re not sure how to feel about this yet.