Pastner, McFerrin Have Contracts Extended
March 27, 2012
Memphis, Tenn. - - University of Memphis Director of Athletics R.C. Johnson announced Tuesday that the contracts of men's basketball coach Josh Pastner and women's head coach Melissa McFerrin have been extended by one year. Both coaches have contracts that will carry them through the 2017 season.
"We are very pleased with the efforts of our basketball coaches this past season," said Johnson. "The men's program won both the Conference USA regular season title and C-USA Tournament Championship and played in the NCAA Regional, while our women's program placed second in the conference regular season race and received a postseason bid to the WNIT.
"Given the future direction and status of the Tiger programs, we fully expect both of our teams to continue to grow and excel not only on the court, but in the classroom as well," Johnson continued. "We have received great leadership from both Josh and Melissa, and the emphasis they place on academics helps us ensure that our student-athletes will continue to graduate above the national average."
The Tigers posted a 26-9 record this season and after winning the second-consecutive C-USA Tournament Championship, played in the NCAA West Regional in Columbus, Ohio. The women's basketball team, likewise, turned in a winning record of 25-8 and received their second-consecutive WNIT invitation.
"Our coaches are very visible in the community and have established relationships with their fan bases," Johnson said. "Their public relations efforts have kept both a local and national spotlight shining on our campus and have made both programs highly successful."
Pastner wrapped up his third season as the head coach of the Memphis men's basketball program in 2011-12. He has a 75-29 record, and the 75 victories are the most for a Tiger head coach in his first three seasons. Pastner led Memphis to three league titles (regular season and tournament combined) in his first three years, winning the most conference championships by any Tiger head coach in that span of time.
The 34-year-old coach guided the Tigers to three straight postseason appearances (2012, 2011 NCAA; 2010 NIT) and joins Wayne Yates and John Calipari as the only head coaches in school history to do so in their first three seasons.
McFerrin has guided the Tigers to three-straight postseason appearances (WBI - 2010, WNIT - 2011, 2012) and three-straight seasons with 20 or more victories. In her four years at Memphis, she sports a 77-53 record and has led Memphis to two-straight Conference USA Tournament semifinals appearances.
In her time at Memphis, McFerrin has directed the Tigers to 14 individual Conference USA honors, including Brittany Carter's three All-C-USA accolades; Jasmine Lee's 2012 C-USA Player of the Year Award and All-C-USA honor honor; Ramses Lonlack's three All-C-USA All-Defensive Team honors and 2012 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Award; and Nicole Dickson's All-C-USA second team honor.
McFerrin has also landed three-consecutive, nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including a six-member class in the early signing period for the 2012-13 season.