|Previous College:||Arizona, '08|
Damon Stoudamire enters his second season as the Pacific head men's basketball coach in 2017-18 after being named the Tigers' 22nd head coach on March 16, 2016.
In his first season at the helm of the Pacific Tigers men's basketball program, Stoudamire helped the Orange and Black register their first-ever West Coast Conference tournament victory as the Tigers beat Pepperdine to advance in the tournament.
Stoudamire honed his skills under legendary coach Lute Olson at Arizona where he played four seasons before beginning a 13-year NBA career. He has spent the last seven years coaching basketball as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies, Arizona Wildcats, and most recently the Memphis Tigers.
"I am humbled and honored to be named head men's basketball coach at University of the Pacific," said Stoudamire. "I'd like to thank President (Pam) Eibeck and Dr. (Ted) Leland for believing in me and giving me this unbelievable opportunity! I'm truly blessed to be able to lead our Tigers into the future!"
Most recently, Stoudamire spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant with the University of Memphis where he was considered one of the top collegiate recruiters in the country. Prior to his last stint at Memphis, Stoudamire spent two seasons on the University of Arizona basketball staff from 2013-15. In his two seasons in Tucson, Stoudamire helped lead the Wildcats to consecutive 30-win seasons (33-5 in 2013-14; 34-4 in 2014-15), two Pac-12 Conference regular-season titles, one Pac-12 Conference Tournament crown and back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances.
Before his time at Arizona, Stoudamire spent two seasons at Memphis 2011-13 where he helped the Tigers' compile a 57-14 record and make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the third round in 2013. In addition to the NCAA Tournament berths, the Tigers posted consecutive sweeps of the Conference USA (regular season and tournament) crowns, including a perfect 16-0 regular-season league record in 2012-13.
Before joining the Tigers staff, Stoudamire served as an assistant coach for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies from 2009-11. In the 2010-11 campaign, he helped direct the Grizzlies to a 46-36 record and an NBA Playoffs first-round upset of the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. His first season in 2009-10 on the Grizzlies bench saw the team post a 16-game turnaround from the previous campaign. Prior to his NBA stint, Stoudamire was the director of player development at Rice for the 2008-09 season.
A 2008 Arizona graduate, Stoudamire starred on the court for Olson at Arizona from 1991-95. During his collegiate playing days, Stoudamire led the Wildcats to a 101-24 record, the 1994 and 1995 Pac-10 Conference championships and a 1994 NCAA Final Four appearance. He was a consensus All-America first-team pick in 1993-94. As a senior, Stoudamire was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Stoudamire finished his collegiate career ranked fifth on the UA career scoring list with 1,849 points and his 663-career assists were the second-most in the Lute Olson era. He is the only player in Arizona history to score 40 points in a single game twice and one of only three Wildcats to score more than 600 points in a season twice, finishing his career as the program record holder with 272 three-point field. Nearly two decades after the completion of his UA career, Stoudamire still ranks in the top 10 on eight different program career charts.
Nicknamed "Mighty Mouse," Stoudamire was the seventh overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He played 13 seasons in the league (1995-2008) for Toronto, Portland, Memphis and San Antonio, averaging 13.4 points, 6.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 878 career appearances.
In his initial NBA season in 1995-96, Stoudamire averaged 19.0 points, a career-best 9.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds on his way to Rookie of the Year honors. He also claimed the NBA Rookie All-Star Game MVP trophy that season. During his second NBA season, he averaged a career-high 20.2 points and also posted averages of 8.8 assists and 4.1 boards in 81 games.
What they're saying about Damon Stoudamire:
Kentucky head coach, NCAA Champion and former NBA head coach
“I think Damon is going to be an outstanding (head) coach. He made it very clear that he didn’t want to coach in the NBA, that he wanted to be able to influence young men (in college). He was one of our all-time great players. He was a fan favorite, is a first class individual, has the personality and background to be very successful and will teach fundamentals from day one.“
Former Arizona head coach and NCAA Champion
“He was a good teammate and a great coach. He really took me under his wings when I first got into the league. He taught me how to play at the size that we are. He taught me a lot about the game, the speed of the game, how to be patient and how to be a pro. All of those things I teach the young guys today are stuff I learned from Damon, so he has been a real influence on me.”
“It was great [working with him]. Me and him are real close friends. I talk to him a lot. He’s family. I learned a lot from him. He was my vet in Portland when I first came in the league. He took care of me. I learned from him. He showed me the ropes. Just everything.”
Memphis Grizzlies forward
"Coach Damon was an integral part of my growth because he provided me so much knowledge and wisdom. We had conversations about finances, marital and relationship advice and being a professional. He enlightened us so much and gave us a higher level of knowledge and wisdom about life. I remember the first time he came to practice with us. He threw me a lob and it went out of bounce, but it was a perfect pass. He saw what we couldn't see and saw the floor so well. I needed to know he was going to throw the pass and when I could receive the ball, and he helped me learn that. He's a great person to have in my life, coach and male role model."
"Damon is going to do a great job with the Pacific men's basketball team. He has a great mind as shown by the success he had playing at the very highest level. I foresee Pacific men's basketball competing for WCC titles as Damon builds the program the right way. Pacific got a rising star in the business."
Georgia Tech head coach
“Damon has always been a great mentor and father-figure in my life. He has helped me through my entire career by motivating me with his work ethic on the court, and has helped me learn how to be a better professional, a better college player, and a better high school player. It has meant the world to me and helped me grow tremendously as a person and a player. He will bring a winning, hard-working culture to Pacific. He’s a dedicated person who won’t stop until he gets the best from each player in the program. He will definitely be there to help the players grow on and off the court.”
New Orleans Pelicans and former University of Kentucky forward and NCAA Champion
“He understands the game of basketball better than anyone I have ever met in my life. Damon was always in the gym making sure that we were getting our work in. He is very basketball-minded. He understands the game so well and from a lot of different aspects – from the bigs to the guards. He understands the mentalities of basketball players.”
“Over the course of my time at Arizona, Damon was one of the most impactful people that I had the pleasure of interacting with on a daily basis. Being that he was an All-American point guard for the Wildcats, it was easy for the two of us to connect. I’ll always be thankful for the support and guidance of Coach Stoudamire and I love him for it. I wish him the best at Pacific.”
Philadelphia 76ers and former University of Arizona guard
"Damon was a clever left-handed player. He was very crafty and made teams pay on the offensive end. He was a good shooter, great competior, overcame lack of size and had a big heart."
"When Damon came to the Blazers, we were already stacked with talent, but his sharp shooting and leadership on the court elevated us to a championship caliber team. UOP is lucky to have him."
“Since he went to the NBA and played for quite some time, he understands the whole process and helped guys in my situation. He definitely knows the game. He can relate to players in the game and understands the atmosphere. I have taken all of his advice in. He understands situations. He’s a great guy that wants the best for everyone. He’s not in it for the money but (instead) to help kids and get them where they want to be. The more players understand that, it benefits them moreso than him.”
Brooklyn Nets and former University of Arizona forward
“Damon Stoudamire is a coach I would love to play for because of his ability to make adjustment on offense and defense. He knows the game from a true point guard perspective. It’s a process to build something great, and Damon has what it takes. Check his resume.”
Former NBA and University of Texas guard