Keelon Lawson
Keelon Lawson

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Union University, 2010

• In first season as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level in 2014-15
• Previously coached at the high school level from 2003-14

• 2005-06 Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Coach of the Year
• 2005-06 Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Coach of the Year
• 2005-06 Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year finalist

Memphis Assistant Coach (2014-present; hired July 16, 2014)
• Joins the Tigers staff after an incredible first five seasons under head coach Josh Pastner
• Memphis posted a 130-44 overall record (.747 winning percentage) from 2009-14
• Tigers won 20 or more games all five seasons, including 31 in 2012-13
• Memphis played in five-straight postseasons (2010 NIT; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 NCAA)
• Tigers won two-straight conference regular-season titles (2011-12, 2012-13) and three-consecutive conference tournament crowns (2011, 2012, 2013)

Hamilton High School Head Coach (2003-14)
• Coached the Wildcats squad for 11 seasons
• Also served as Hamilton High's athletics director from 2003-08
• Guided his 2005-06 squad to a perfect 39-0 record and the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Class AAA state championship
• That 2005-06 Hamilton High School team was the last from the city of Memphis to post an undefeated record
• The 2005-06 Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Boys Basketball Super 25 poll
• The 2005-06 Wildcats also won the District 16AAA and Region 8AAA titles en route to the state crown
• The 2013-14 Wildcats squad won Region 8AAA championship and advanced to the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament quarterfinal round
• The 2013-14 team was the District 16AAA runner-up and finished the season with a 27-7 record
• The 2006-07 Wildcats won the District 16AAA title
• His 2004-05 and 2007-08 teams were District 16AAA runner-up and the 2007-08 team reached the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament

Other Coaching Stints
• Memphis Wildcats/Team Penny AAU 13U head coach (2000-14)
• Hamilton High School varsity girls head coach (2001-03)
• Hamilton High School varsity girls assistant coach (2000-01)
• LeMoyne-Owen College women's basketball assistant coach (1996-98)
• Blue City Runners AAU 13U girls head coach (1993-98)

• Memphis, Tenn., native
• Graduated from Union University in 2010

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