Wagner Joins Calipari's Staff at Memphis
May 12, 2000
Memphis, TN -
Milt Wagner, who led Conference USA (then Metro Conference) sister institution Louisville to some of its greatest moments in basketball, has been hired by Memphis head basketball coach John Calipari as a member of the Tiger basketball staff. Wagner will hold the title of Coordinator of Basketball Operations and will work administratively with the staff and players. He will not have on-floor coaching responsibilities.
"Milt Wagner brings a wealth of knowledge to our basketball program," said Calipari. "He has been a member of a national championship team at the high school, collegiate and professional levels and I know he will be a great addition to our staff.
"It speaks volumes about his character that Milt Wagner, who has aspired to such lofty levels in basketball, is willing to join our staff."
A native of Camden, New Jersey, Wagner signed with the University of Louisville in 1981 after helping his Camden High School team to a 27-1 record and a national championship. Over the next five years he helped lead the Cardinals to three Final Four appearances, a Sweet 16 finish and the 1986 National Championship. Wagner scored 1,834 career points and is currently ranked as the Cardinals fourth all-time leading scorer. He was named first team All-Metro Conference and first team NABC District 7 as a senior and was a member of the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
Wagner was drafted by the NBA Dallas Mavericks and in 1988, was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers World Championship squad. He left for Europe in 1989 and over the next nine years played for teams in Israel, France, Germany and Belgium.
In February of 2000, Wagner had his jersey number 20 retired becoming one of just 16 Cardinal players to be so honored.
"I am really pleased to join the staff at the University of Memphis," Wagner stated. "I have known John Calipari for the past ten years and it is indeed an honor to be working with such an outstanding coach. He has built strong programs at the college and professional levels and I'm sure being associated with Coach Cal and the Memphis program is a great way to start my coaching career."