Vanderbilt University is hiring Grizzlies assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse to a six-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Following an 18-year NBA career, Stackhouse has been in the coaching ranks for 4 years. He started off as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors for the 2015-2016 season. Stackhouse then became the head coach of the Raptors G-League affiliate, Raptors 905, from 2016-2018. Stackhouse went 70-30 in two seasons as the 905 head coach, winning the D-League Championship and Coach of the year for the 2016-2017 season. After interviewing for the Toronto Raptors and other head coaching vacancies last summer, Stackhouse joined the Grizzlies as an assistant to J.B. Bickerstaff. Stackhouse was critical this season for the Grizzlies with his help in developing the Grizzlies younger players.
A move from an assistant coach in the NBA to be a head coach in college may seem like a strange move for Stackhouse, especially considering he would likely be considered for any NBA head coaching vacancies this summer. However, Stackhouse has a relationship with Vanderbilt AD Malcolm Turner, who was the president of the G League while Stackhouse was the coach of the Raptors 905.
Vanderbilt fired Bryce Drew after 3 seasons, with this past year being the worst in program history including going winless in conference play. The hiring of Stackhouse could potentially create some interesting interstate recruiting battles between him and former NBA All-Star and University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway.
Vanderbilt has yet to make an official announcement on the hiring of Stackhouse, and it may be until after the Grizzlies season is over on April 10th before anything becomes official.