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Vanderbilt hires Stackhouse as head coach

Vanderbilt hires Stackhouse as head coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt went outside college athletics for its new athletic director a few months ago, and now the Commodores have taken the same tact, hiring Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse as their new men's basketball coach.

Athletic director Malcolm Turner announced the hiring Friday. Stackhouse will need to revive a program that just went through its worst season ever at 9-23. The Commodores finished on a 20-game skid and became the first Southeastern Conference team to go winless in league play in 65 years. And the top-rated players already have left early for the NBA.

Stackhouse will be introduced at a news conference Monday, and Turner said in a statement that the future is bright for the Commodores with their new coach.

"Jerry brings a unique mix of experience as a legendary player and successful coach, and I fully expect he'll take the program to new heights," Turner said. "I've spoken with people inside and outside both college and professional basketball, and there is unanimous agreement that Jerry's competitiveness, grit and tireless focus on player development are a perfect fit to advance the 'Vanderbilt Way' in college athletics."

Stackhouse succeeds Bryce Drew, who was fired March 22 after he went 40-59 in three seasons. He takes over a program that plays in the SEC's oldest basketball arena at Memorial Gym, and the Commodores' history includes three Southeastern Conference regular-season titles, two conference tournament titles — the last in 2012 — and 15 NCAA Tournament appearances... Read More TSN

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