Relentless. Competitor. Two words that head coach John Calipari loves to not only use, but also likes to see in his players and staff. That's one reason Calipari offered Shyrone Chatman a position on the Tigers' basketball staff in 2006-07.
Last season, Chatman served as the program's video coordinator and administrative assistant, but in 2007-08, moves to the role as assistant to the recruiting coordinator. Chatman assists with on-campus recruiting visits, handles recruiting mail-outs and updates the recruiting database. He is also involved in other areas of the program's operations.
Chatman was one of the additions to the staff in 2006-07, and he was a member of the Tiger staff that helped guide Memphis to one of the most memorable seasons in school history. Memphis won a school-record tying 33 games (33-4 record), swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
The 2002 University of Memphis graduate joined the Tiger basketball program from his position with TennCare in the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Although he played only one season for Calipari, the 6-foot-4 guard flourished in his final season as a Tiger in 2000-01. In Calipari's first year as Memphis' head coach, Chatman started 29 of 36 games and helped lead the Tigers to a 21-15 record and the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) final four. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 boards and dished out 165 assists. Chatman led Conference USA in assist-to-turnover ratio and was fifth in assists average. The Baton Rouge, La., native, who received the team's Playmaker Award that year, posted double-figure assists twice, including 10 dishes in a win over UTEP in the NIT. He also shot 40.6 percent from the arc in 2000-01, which is No. 6 on the Memphis single-season three-point percentage chart.
For his career, Chatman averaged 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds and recorded 238 assists and 79 steals.
Chatman has a daughter, Hannah (4), and a son, Micah (2).