Assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse is leaving the Memphis Grizzlies to head back to college.
He has been named the head coach of Vanderbilt University.
Stackhouse was a college legend at North Carolina — Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, led the Tar Heels to the Final Four — then had an 18-year NBA career where he was a two-time All-Star.
He is a climbing star in coaching ranks. He was first hired by the Raptors as an assistant than really turned heads as the head coach of the 905, the Raptors’ G-League affiliate. Last summer he interviewed to be the head coach of the Raptors, Knicks, Magic, and Pistons, then settled in as an assistant in Memphis.
Now, he’s got a head coaching gig.
What Vanderbilt needs to do is get him to sing the national anthem before some games.