Memphis’ Pastner inks 5-year deal
33-year-old’s new contract extension runs through 2015-16
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Josh Pastner, who won more games during his first two seasons as head coach than any other Tiger coach in school history, has signed a new contract extension with the University that will keep the 33-year-old coach in Memphis through the 2015-16 season. The five-year contract agreement raises Pastner’s total package to a guaranteed $1.7 million annually.
“We are delighted that Coach Pastner has accepted our contract offer and will remain as our basketball coach for years to come,” said Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. “He is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting young coaches in the country, and we anticipate continued growth for our basketball program.
“Josh has proven himself to be an outstanding coach and recruiter,” Johnson stated. “He has also demonstrated that his values and principles, pertaining to life off the basketball court, mirror those we expect of our student-athletes. Coach Pastner’s leadership qualities are exemplary, and we are pleased that he has chosen to remain with the Tiger program.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t extend a thank you to the private sector for helping facilitate the funding to keep our staff in place,” Johnson concluded.
Pastner, who became Memphis’ 17th head coach on Apr. 7, 2009, guided his squad to a 24-10 record and a spot in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), during his first season as a collegiate head coach in 2009-10. This past season, the Tigers amassed a 25-10 record, won the Conference USA Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Pastner’s 49 victories the past two years are the most in that span of time by a Tiger basketball coach in school history.
“I have stated numerous times that the Memphis basketball job is one of the top five jobs in the country,” Pastner said. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity and understand the responsibility I was presented by R.C. Johnson to coach this team.
“We have everything we need to be successful and build championship caliber teams. From a modern arena, to a great practice facility, to one of the strongest fan bases in the nation, to an outstanding recruiting area, Tiger basketball is one of the top five programs in the country and should always remain at that elite level.”