Josh Pastner
Josh Pastner

Head Coach

Fifth Season

Alma Mater:
Arizona, 1998


Memphis Basketball: ESPN College Game Day Sights and Sounds

Check out some of the sights and sounds from the college game day experience where the tigers took on the gonzaga bulldogs


Memphis Basketball Drops Overtime Thriller to No 24 UCONN, 86-81

Watch the full recap including highlights and post-game interviews of the No. 20 Memphis men's basketball team's tough overtime loss to No. 24 UCONN on the road.


The Josh Pastner Show: February 2, 2014

Watch the February 2 edition of The Josh Pastner Show brought to you by Fox 13.


Memphis Basketball Puts on Dunk Show in 82-59 Win Over Houston

Watch the full highlights and recap of the Tigers' first AAC home win on Thursday night, cruising past the Houston Cougars 82-59.


Memphis Basketball Wins Third Straight, Downing USF 80-58

Highlights and recap of the Tigers' 80-58 win over the USF Bulls on Sunday afternoon in FedExForum.


Memphis vs Virginia - NCAA Third Round

Memphis vs Virginia in the NCAA Third Round in Raleigh, N.C. Photos by Tim Cowie


Memphis vs. Virginia (USATSI)

Memphis vs. Virginia photos by USA TODAY Sports


Memphis vs George Washington - NCAA Second Round

Memphis vs George Washington in the NCAA Second Round in Raleigh, N.C. on March 21, 2014. Photos by Tim Cowie


Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day

Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day on March 20, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C.


No. 19 Memphis vs No. 21 UConn - March 13, 2014

No. 19 Memphis vs No. 21 UConn in the American Athletic Conference Tournament on March 13, 2014 at FedExForum.

Fifth Season in 2013-14
Overall Record: 106-34/4 years
Record at Memphis: 106-34/4 years

Overall (Head Coach/Asst. Coach/Staff/Player)
• Entering his 18th season at the NCAA Division I level in 2013-14 (since 1996-97)
• Previous 17 seasons, has been a part of NCAA Division I basketball as a player, staff member, assistant coach and head coach
• Has been a part of over 400 wins (429-141 record; .753 winning percentage)
• Teams have won 20 or more games 16 seasons, including four 30-win campaigns (1997-98, 2004-05, 2008-09, 2012-13)
• Teams have earned 16 NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT bid
• In NCAA Tournament play, have advanced to seven Sweet Sixteens, five Elite Eights, two Final Fours and two NCAA championship games
• Member of the 1996-97 Arizona squad that won the NCAA title; was first and only team to defeat three No. 1 seeds in the same NCAA Tournament
• Teams have won 12 conference championships (7 regular season, 5 tournament)
• As NCAA head or assistant coach and AAU head coach, has coached nearly 25 NBA Draft selections

• 2012-13 Gene Bartow/Conference USA Coach of the Year (coaches vote)
• 2012-13 Conference USA Coach of the Year (
• 2009-10 Conference USA Coach of the Year (The Sporting News/
• Following 2008-09 season, named the nation's No. 5 assistant coach by Basketball Times
• Following 2007-08 season, named the country's No. 7 high-major recruiter by

Memphis Head Coach
(2009-Present; hired Apr. 7, 2009)

• Overall record: 106-34 (.757 winning percentage); averaging 26.5 wins per season
• Only head coach in program history to win 100 games in first four seasons
• 75.7 winning percentage is highest in program history in first four seasons
• 106 victories make him the program's sixth-winningest head coach after only four seasons (just three wins behind fifth place: Bob Vanatta, 109)
• One of two head coaches in Tigers history to post 20-win seasons in each of his first four years (John Calipari is the other)
• Guided the program to four-straight postseason berths (2010 NIT; 2011, 2012, 2013 NCAA)
• One of two head coaches in Tigers history to earn postseason berths each of his first four seasons (John Calipari is the other)
• Only Tigers head coach to lead the program to three NCAA Tournaments in his first four seasons
• Conference regular-season record: 52-12 (.813 winning percentage); won last 27 league games
• Conference tournament record: 9-1 (.900 winning percentage)
• Conference record (regular season/tournament combined): 61-13 (.824 winning percentage)
• Led Tigers to two-straight conference regular-season titles (2011-12, 2012-13) and three-consecutive conference tournament crowns (2011, 2012, 2013)
• One of two head coaches in program history to win two conference regular-season titles in his first four years (Gene Bartow is the other; 1971-72, 1972-73 Missouri Valley Conference)
• Only Tigers head coach to guide program to three conference tournament championships in his first four years
• Won more conference titles (regular season and tournament combined) in his first four seasons than any previous coach in Tigers history in same span of time
• Coached 10 All-Conference USA selections (3 first team, 1 second team, 6 third team)
• Coached two C-USA Players of the Year (Will Barton, 2011-12; Joe Jackson, 2012-13), one C-USA Defensive Player of the Year (D.J. Stephens, 2012-13), one C-USA Newcomer of the Year (Elliot Williams, 2009-10), one C-USA Sixth Man of the Year (Chris Crawford, 2012-13) and three C-USA Tournament MVPs (Joe Jackson, 2011, 2012; Chris Crawford, 2013)
• Coached two NBA Draft selections (Elliot Williams, 2010; Will Barton, 2012)
• Signed four-straight, nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including the nation's No. 1 class in 2010 and No. 2 class in 2013
• Guided Memphis to a 31-5 overall record in 2012-13, only the sixth 30-win season in school history
• 2012-13 team swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles; posted 16-0 regular-season record
• 2011-12 conference title sweep (regular season and tournament) made Memphis the only program from a top-10 rated conference in the nation to win the regular-season crown outright and also claim the tournament championship
• Directed the youngest squad in Memphis history (7th youngest in NCAA Division I that year) to the 2011 Conference USA Tournament title, the program's first league tournament championship won outside the Bluff City since 1987

In The Memphis/Mid-South Communities
• Gives talks to civic clubs, youth organizations and elementary schools throughout the Mid-South region
• Served as the 2012 Memphis Maccabi Games opening ceremonies speaker
• Served as the 2011 Mid-South Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure honorary chairperson Involved with the Wings Cancer Foundation Bet Against Breast Cancer and Make-A-Wish • Foundation
• Has been and continues to be active in his support of both children's hospitals in Memphis, Le Bonheur and St. Jude, as well as the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis
• In 2011-12 and 2012-13, was a part of the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, a contest that raises financial support for coaches-selected charities (Le Bonheur Children's Hospital was Pastner's chosen charity for the challenge)

Memphis Assistant Coach (2008-09)
• Joined the Tigers program after six seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona
• Overall record: 33-4 (.892 winning percentage); 30-win season was program's fourth straight
• Helped lead Memphis to a sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles
• The Tigers posted a perfect 16-0 record in C-USA play for a third-consecutive year
• Memphis finished regular season ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press Top-25 poll and No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll
• Memphis won a school season record 27-straight games
• The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen for a fourth-straight season
• Coached the consensus National Freshman of the Year (Tyreke Evans)
• Coached two 2009 NBA Draft selections (Tyreke Evans, Robert Dozier)

Arizona Assistant Coach (2002-08)
• Served as an assistant for six seasons under Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olson (2002-07) and Kevin O'Neill (2007-08)
• Overall record: 137-60 (.695 winning percentage); averaged nearly 23 wins per season
• Pac-10 Conference record: 73-35 (.676 winning percentage)
• Teams had five 20-win seasons, including a 30-win campaign in 2004-05
• Teams posted double-digit win seasons in Pac-10 Conference play five of the six seasons
• Teams won two Pac-10 Conference regular season titles
• Teams earned NCAA Tournament bids all six seasons and advanced to two Sweet Sixteens and two Elite Eights
• Coached four All-Americans (Luke Walton, Jason Gardner, Andre Iguodala, Salim Stoudamire)
• Coached 12 All-Pac-10 Conference selections (total of 17 times) and seven Pac-10 All-Freshman Team picks
• Coached eight players that were NBA Draft picks (Luke Walton, Andre Iguodala, Salim Stoudamire, Channing Frye, Hassan Adams, Marcus Williams, Jerryd Bayless, Chase Budinger)

In The Tucson Community
• Involved in a wealth of charitable organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, Boy Scouts of America, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Naval Special Warfare Foundation, Special Olympics and various local law enforcement support groups
• Named to the 2007 Tucson Business Edge's "40 Under 40," which recognizes local business leaders under 40 years of age; annual list not only recognizes recipients for professional success, but community involvement, public service and participation in trade groups or professional organizations

Arizona Staff Member (2000-02)
• Served on Lute Olson's staff as video coordinator/recruiting coordinator (2001-02) and undergraduate assistant (2000-01)
• Overall record: 49-16 (.754 winning percentage); posted back-to-back 20-win seasons
• Pac-10 Conference record: 27-9 (.750 winning percentage)
• Team won one Pac-10 Conference Tournament title (2002)
• Team earned consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and advanced to two Sweet Sixteens, one Elite Eight, one Final Four and one championship game
• 2000-01 team finished season as NCAA runner-up

Arizona Player (1996-2000)
• Four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats
• Named Academic All-Pac-10 second team as a senior in 2000
• Overall record: 104-27 (.794 winning percentage)
• Teams posted four-straight 20-win seasons, including a 30-win campaign in 1997-98
• Pac-10 Conference record: 56-16 (.778 winning percentage)
• Teams won two Pac-10 Conference regular season crowns (1997-98, 1999-2000)
• Teams earned four-straight NCAA Tournament berths, advancing to two Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, one Final Four and one championship game
• 1996-97 team won the NCAA title
• Wildcats had a 42-0 record when Pastner played
• Dubbed the program's "shot specialist," worked with high-profile teammates (Mike Bibby, Miles Simon, Jason Terry, Richard Jefferson) on their shots and shooting motions
• Also assisted in breaking down tapes and scouting opponents

Other Interesting Tidbits
• Earned his bachelor's degree in Family Studies from Arizona in 2.5 years (December of 1998 after enrolling in fall of 1996), which is the fastest an Arizona student-athlete has ever earned a degree
• Earned his bachelor's degree without taking any summer classes; took as many as 33 hours a couple of semesters
• At the age of 21, applied for Prairie View's head coach position
• At the age of 19, applied for the Los Angeles Clippers head coach position
• At age of 16, organized and coached the Houston Hoops AAU summer program
• At age of 13, published the Josh Pastner Scouting Report, which provided scouting reports on local high school talent in the Houston area
• Has never had alcohol or soda to drink

• Kingwood, Texas, native; born in Glen Dale, W.Va.
• Earned master's degree in teaching and teacher education in December of 1999 from Arizona
• Earned bachelor's degree in family studies in December of 1998 from Arizona
• Married to the former Kerri Lamas of Sierra Vista, Ariz. (May 16, 2009)
• Has a stepson, Ethan, and two daughters, Payten (born 2010) and Kamryn (born 2012)

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