Milt Wagner brings a unique perspective to the University of Memphis basketball program as the team's sixth-year Coordinator of Basketball Operations.
How many college teams can say they have a staff member who has won a championship at the prep, collegiate and professional levels? Add to that resume a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title in his second year on staff in 2002, and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004, and that's a rather impressive list of accomplishments.
In his role with the Tigers, Wagner is responsible for many of the "behind-the-scenes" duties for the program, including travel plans, practice times and film exchange.
As a player, Wagner's University of Louisville squad went head-to-head annually with Memphis, and during his career, it was either the Tigers or the Cardinals who won the Metro Conference and Metro Tournament championships each season.
While at Louisville, Wagner was a member of the Cardinals' 1986 NCAA Championship team that defeated Duke 72-69 in the title contest. Louisville also advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1982 and 1983, as well as to the 1984 NCAA Sweet 16. Wagner helped the Cardinals to a 113-32 record, three Metro Conference regular season titles and two Metro Tournament crowns during his college career.
Wagner scored 1,834 career points at Louisville which ranks fifth all-time at the U of L. In addition to a 12.7 career scoring average, Wagner averaged 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists during his career. He played in 144 career games, second all-time at Louisville, and started 111 times. Wagner was a three-time All-Metro Conference selection.
Following his brilliant college career, Wagner was selected in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. The Camden, N.J., native went on to enjoy a professional career which included an NBA title as a reserve guard for the 1988 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers. He also played in the CBA, as well as nine professional seasons in Israel and Europe.
He also was a member of a state high school championship team at New Jersey's Camden High School.
In 1993, Wagner was one of 10 Louisville players named to the Rally's U of L Dream Team. He was a second-team selection on the squad which was picked during a three-month period of fan voting at Freedom Hall and Louisville-area Rally's restaurants during the 1992-93 season.
In 2000, Wagner's No. 20 jersey was retired at the University of Louisville.
Wagner, 42 (born Feb. 20, 1963), married the former Jan Ford of Memphis in June of 2003. The couple has a daughter, Janay Elise, who was born on Apr. 6, 2004. Later that same month, Wagner earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Communication from Memphis.
Wagner also has a son, Dajuan, who played for the Tigers and was an NBA lottery pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2002, and two daughters, Munirah Walker, 22 and Dashonda Wagner, 17.